TOGETHER, We Are Feeding Community.
Despite reports of an improving economy, far too many of our neighbors are being left behind. Thousands of Northwest North Carolinians are struggling to put adequate food on the table. Too often, food becomes the "fall guy," when bills for other basic needs have to be paid.
Parents are having to choose between buying food or keeping a roof over their families' head. Children are going without enough nutritious food to flourish and succeed in school. Too many seniors are isolated and struggling to meet their nutritional needs.
1 in 6 people living in Northwest North Carolina struggles to afford all of the food they need, while 1 in every 4 children is going without the essential nutrition they need to thrive. This is our community and these are our neighbors— we take that very seriously. The health and vibrancy of individual lives and communities is at stake.
At Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, we provide essential food assistance through a network of partners and work to educate and engage our communities in the elimination of hunger and it causes.
As the Feeding America affiliate for 18 Northwest North Carolina counties, we serve as a central resource to a network of more than 450 on-the-ground programs for food, funding, nutrition education and advocacy in our communities. Last year alone, our food bank provided more than 25 million nutritious meals though our partner network. These meals went to 300,000 neighbors, including 100,000 children.
Providing essential food assistance is the core of our work. Eliminating hunger requires much more. Read on to learn about the ways we are feeding community together by feeding futures, feeding opportunity, feeding health and feeding change.
No child should go hungry - ever. Kids need good nutrition all year-long to fuel their young bodies and minds. Research shows that when a child goes without adequate, essential nutrition, it can lead to a lifetime of learning and developmental challenges. At Second Harvest Food Bank, we believe every child deserves a healthy start. Working with our partner programs, local schools and supporters, we provide the nutritious meals that children need to power through their days. Together, we are feeding futures.Learn more about our chidhood hunger programs reaching children in need after school, on weekends during the school year and in the summer months.
Extended training opportunities for graduates are available through TCK's paid Hospitality Residency Program. The residency takes place at Second Harvest Food Bank's Providence Restaurant and Catering, a unique, non-profit business enterprise, where patrons can enjoy fabulous food and all proceeds support the TCK program. Under the guidance of seasoned culinarians, residency participants learn about all areas of restaurant and catering operations in preparation for higher-paying, leadership roles in the food service industry. Together, with our partners at Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Forsyth Technical Community College and employment partners, we are feeding opportunity.
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TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is a proud member of Feeding America, a collaborative and coordinated network of more than 200 food banks united nationally and operating locally, serving every community in the nation.