Month: January 2019

Cheap and Nutritious: Simple Split Pea Soup Recipe

Second Harvest’s Nutrition Services team travels throughout our 18 county service area teaching cooking classes, giving grocery store tours, and helping families learn more about eating for health on a fixed income. Here is a recipe our team is sharing everywhere they go this winter: Total: 1 hr. 40 min Prep: 10 min Cook: 1 hr. 30 min Yield: 5 to 6 servings Level: Easy Ingredients: 1 cup chopped yellow onions 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 cup olive oil or canola oil 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 cups medium-diced...

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Through the Ups and Downs, a Blessing: Providence graduate Daryl Myers of DJ’s Cheesecakes

The following blog post was contributed by Daryl Myers Jr., owner of DJ’s Cheesecakes and a graduate of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Providence Culinary Training: I am a child of God, a father of three, a soon-to-be husband, and the owner of DJ’s Cheesecakes, LLC. I am also a proud graduate of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Providence Culinary Training (formerly known as Triad Community Kitchen). My past choices in life have lead me on many detours, but Providence helped make a path for me. My hand was shaking the whole time I was writing this letter (pictured below) to...

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Eric Aft: Past Accomplishments and Future Achievements

Over the holidays my wife asked me if I’d be making any New Year’s resolutions. While I think she knew my standard answer (‘No, I don’t make resolutions’), I clarified a little more and told her that I do have goals, but no resolutions. For me, the distinction is simple – goals combine both possibilities and capabilities. Goals build on past accomplishments while also forging new trails off existing paths. For Second Harvest Food Bank, because of you, our 2018 accomplishments are truly remarkable and the foundation on which we have to build is something very special. Because of...

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Second Harvest Statement on Federal Government Shutdown

The partial federal government shutdown has highlighted a serious problem in our country: Working families cannot always make ends meet. Nearly 80% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, including a large number of federal employees and contractors. We know that furloughed workers and contractors and those working without pay are struggling to feed their families, and that’s not a situation anyone should be in. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is treating this situation as an emergency—because it is. We are supporting our far-reaching network of over 460 on-the-ground partner programs as they respond to this...

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Federal Shutdown Updates: SNAP, School Meals, Federal Employees

UPDATE 2/15/19: • Government Funding Update: Congressional leaders have passed an agreement on a spending package that would keep the federal government open for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The measure provides a $30 million funding increase for TEFAP storage and distribution, which is essential to our food banks operations, and was a policy priority that was advocated actively by Second Harvest and Feeding America. Unfortunately, the measure does not include back pay for federal contract employees who were especially hard hit during the 35-day shutdown, losing nearly 10 percent of their annual income. Original Blog Post...

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