Month: May 2019

Eric Aft: Supporting Access to Healthy Food Can Help Our Children

Last week, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina held a town hall with WXII News 12 about Hunger and Health. At the town hall, I was able to listen closely to local residents, community organizers, and health care professionals as they keenly illustrated the connection between a community’s access to healthy food and overall community health. There were many excellent observations and ideas presented at this event, but my greatest takeaway was that we must work with great urgency to prioritize healthy food access for our children, our seniors, and our communities. Nearly half a million of...

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Healthy Recipe: Skillet Stew

Every day, Second Harvest’s Nutrition Services team heads out across the 18 counties that we serve, teaching cooking classes, nutrition classes, and sharing recipes. We know that hunger is a serious health issue in the communities we serve not just because of a lack of calories, but because of inconsistent access to healthy, nutritious and adequate food. Sometimes, we are able to track down our nutritionists and get them to share some recipes with you! Here are a healthy, low-cost recipe using canned meat that you might find in your local food pantry. Many of the pantries in the...

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Summer Meals Matter: What does it look like at a Second Harvest Summer Meal Site?

As summer break quickly approaches, Second Harvest is revisiting some of the stories we have told from our summer meal sites across Northwest North Carolina. This one is located in Guilford County. “Milk!” Leonard Community Recreation Center Director Linda Marsh calls a gentle reminder across the hall; she is keeping a watchful eye on the lunchline. A little girl hears her and steps back to the serving table and picks up a milk carton, balancing it on her lunch tray precariously as she walks to join her friends. There are about 50 children gathered here today at one of...

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Hunger and Health: Making the Connection

Second Harvest and WXII News 12 recently held a town hall at the Hanes Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem. At Hunger and Health: Making the Connection we took a deep dive into how the issues of food insecurity impact individual and community health while exploring remedies and solutions. We were joined by a panel of community members, from people with lived experience with food insecurity to health care professionals who see the impact of hunger every day in their work. Meet the panelists below: Deepak Palakshappa, MD MSHP In your work, what is your role in connection with feeding health?...

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“You learn how to adapt when some days are harder than others. You learn how to give back.”

Below is the speech given by Providence Culinary Training graduate Rosemary Scott, who came back to address students at our most recent PCT graduation earlier this month. Rosemary is pictured above as a student at PCT, when WXII News 12 came to visit our program. Center row, third from the right. “Hello everyone. I’m Rosemary Scott and I graduated with Providence Culinary Training’s class CC50. I’m currently a chef at Old Town Country Club, and I will have been working there two years in July. The Providence Culinary Training program was honestly a life changing experience for me I’ve...

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