Feeding Community, TOGETHER.
Thousands of Northwest North Carolinians struggle to put adequate food on the table. Despite reports of an improving economy, far too many of our neighbors are being left behind to face choices that no one should have to make. Too often, food becomes the "fall guy" when bills for other basic needs must be paid.
At Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, we are on a mission to eliminate hunger and its causes. Our work begins with ensuring that eveyone can access the nutritious food that they need to fuel their bodies and minds and focus on other important concerns and challenges in their lives.
Providing Food for Today
Building a Healthy and Hunger-free Tomorrow
Feeding Futures - Fueling Young Bodies and Minds for Success
We know that no child can learn on an empty stomach and have a chance to reach their full academic potential if they are not properly nourished. Together with our partner programs, local schools and supporters, we provide the nutritious meals that children need to power through their days and stay focused on learning. Our childhood hunger programs are designed to reach children after school, on weekends during the school year and in the summer months. Learn more.
Feeding Opportunity - Providing Pathways to Opportunity
We know that many people in our community who are unemployed or underemployed are facing challenges that can make it more difficult to move forward in life. They may be in recovery or have a record. Regardless, our Triad Community Kitchen Culinary Training Program (TCK), made possible in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Forsyth Technical Community College, offers a pathway to gainful employment for community members who are ready for a fresh start. Following an intensive culinary and job skills training experience, TCK graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in the growing food service industry. Selected graduates have the opportunity for extended training through TCK's paid Hospitality Residency Program. Housed at Second Harvest Food Bank's Providence Restaurant and Catering, a unique, non-profit enterprise, this extended training program provides TCK graduates the opportunity to learn about all areas of restaurant and catering operations. All proceeds from Providence Restaurant and Catering provide support for the TCK training program. Learn more.
Our Nutrition Services Programs give families the knowledge and skills to shop for and prepare healthy, affordable meals. Our Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Outreach work guides potentially eligible residents through the FNS application process to obtain additional resources for their family food budgets.
Food insecurity--lack of access at sufficient, healthy food at all time--and food access are inextricably linked with other challenges facing families and our communities. Every day, we are connecting our work with others, setting the table for the kinds of deeper dialogue and action that is necessary to create a community that is healthy and free from hunger. Learn more about this work here.
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.