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Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
Organization History

1982 – The Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina begins operation providing food assistance to the people of this region.

1985 – The organization becomes a certified member of Second Harvest, the Nation’s Food Bank Network.

1989 – We are honored with United Way of Forsyth County’s Joel A. Weston Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management.  Our food bank is authorized to distribute US Government commodities (TEFAP) via the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988. 

1990 – The community rallies in support of a capital campaign to build a new warehouse.  We are honored with the America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of the Year Award and the Sara Lee Foundation Leadership Award.

1991 – We dedicate our new 34,000 square foot warehouse on Reed Street.  The inaugural “Tee Off Against Hunger Golf Tournament” is a resounding success.

1996 - Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC leads a successful effort to create a NC General Assembly-funded Food Purchase Program for the state’s food banks.  

1997 – A new name, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is adopted, reflecting our affiliation and partnership with America’s Second Harvest (now known as Feeding America).  Our first Kids Cafe Program is launched.

1998 – The Food Bank Community Garden, on the grounds of The Children’s Home, is established under the leadership of retired businessman Jim Holmes, Jr., with support from Centenary UMC.

1999 – We are honored with the United Way of Forsyth County’s Joel Weston Award of Excellence in Non-Profit Management for a second time.

2001 – The inaugural Empty Bowls event is a resounding success.

2003 – Our newly expanded 65,000 square foot warehouse facility is dedicated.

2005 – Our first BackPack Program is initiated.

2006 – The Triad Community Kitchen program is initiated, providing culinary and life skills training to unemployed and underemployed individuals.

2007 – Region-wide Food and Nutrition Services (food stamp) Outreach begins.

2008 – Founding Executive Director, Nan Griswold, retires and Clyde Fitzgerald, long-time board member, becomes Executive Director.

2010 – Mobile Pantry Distribution Program is launched, Summer Feeding Programs for children begin expansion across the service area and School Pantry Program is initiated.

2011 – Nutrition Education Services are formalized with the hiring of a Nutritionist.

2012 –Distribution of food reaches 22.4 million pounds annually, the equivalent of nearly 19 million meals.  Over three decades, Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed more than 165 million pounds of food to those in need.  We commemorate 30 years of compassionate and respectful service to the people of Northwest North Carolina. 










3655 Reed Street I Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Phone: 336.784.5770
Fax: 336.784.7369

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