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"In the face of the human need that is clearly evident in our communities, it is not enough to simply feed a community without also addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty."
~ Clyde W. Fitzgerald, Executive Director.

We know that food insecurity is not an isolated problem, but instead part of a complex, all-too-common tale of poverty and economic instability:

  • Because the majority of households being served by our network of partner agencies have at least one employed adult, we know that food insecurity is a part of a struggle for adequate employment and fair wages.

  • Because more than 70 percent of households seeking food assistance reported having to choose between food and medicine or medical care, we know that health issues and access to healthcare are part of that struggle.

  • Because housing costs are consuming disproportionate amounts of family incomes, we know that resources for food are often compromised.

We know that food expenses are not the only thing families are trying to balance on fragile incomes, but we also know that food too often becomes the "fall guy" when other bills have to be paid. We know that for communities to address all of the concerns of struggling families, there must be food on the table to fuel that difficult work. With continued strong support, Second Harvest Food Bank will continue to provide food for communities efficiently and with compassion. We will work with our partners doing important work in housing, healthcare, transportation and employment to find solutions today that will help our neighbors achieve the stability and self-sufficiency they want and deserve.


"The policies and programs have not been not made by someone
whose kids have gone to bed hungry. The voices and stories of the people living and working in my
community need to be heard."

In June 2015, Second Harvest Food Bank became the lead convener for a broad-based, collaborative, community partnership focused on four key areas impacting the quality of life and opportunity for people living in two low-income communities in Forsyth County: food security, income & employment, health and housing. A priority for this work continues to be inclusion of community members at all levels. This fall, the first Collaborative Action Network began meeting with a focus on access to healthy, affordable foods. This work will proceed with great intention to engaging the diverse array of individuals, organizations and sectors working at the intersections of this and other challenging issues facing our community.

We cannot attain what we do not aspire to achieve. Though the complexity of these issues is daunting, we will continue to challenge ourselves and others to deeper conversation and action. We cannot do it alone. We will need the leadership of those most affected by poverty, the commitment of many people and organizations and champions of our work, like you. The change we seek is possible.

Current leadership partners in this collective impact work include:

  • Cooperative Extension Service - Forsyth County
  • Crisis Control Ministry
  • Financial Pathways of the Piedmont
  • Forsyth County Department of Public Health
  • Forsyth Futures
  • Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC
  • Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County
  • Hands on Northwest North Carolina
  • Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods
  • Novant Health
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
  • United Way of Forsyth County
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health

Funding for this work is being provided by national partners at Feeding America and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, with local support provided by The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, United Way of Forsyth County and the Winston-Salem Foundation.

Second Harvest Food Bank is honored to be engaged in related community work underway across our region.

Listen In
We invite you to listen in as Second Harvest Food Bank's Executive Director Clyde Fitzgerald speaks to Feeding America food bank leaders from across the nation about our food bank's growing focus on collaborative approaches to affecting positive change for families and our community.










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