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Working Together for a Healthy and Hunger-free Northwest North Carolina

While many of us have felt a sense of relief as our economy has begun to recover, that relief has yet to come to thousands of Northwest North Carolinians. Far too frequently, food for the table becomes the fall guy when bills for other basic needs come due.

Poverty, low and stagnant wages, rising costs for housing and healthcare - all of these and other challenges facing our communities impact families' ability to attain and maintain economic stability. As a result, 1 in every 6 people living in Northwest North Carolina struggles with food insecurity, while 1 in every 4 children goes without the essential nutrition they need to thrive.

Until we address all of the factors contributing to poverty and instability among working families and our most vulnerable neighbors, hunger in our communities will persist. At Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, our dual mission is to ensure that everyone has the nutritious food they need to lead a healthy life, as we lead and support collaborative community responses that address the underlying causes of hunger and strengthen families.

Last year, our food bank provided nearly 31 million meals through our network of 470 partner programs working on-the ground to support struggling families and strengthen communities across an 18-county service area.

Together, we are feeding community - working to make our towns and cities places where where no neighbor goes hungry and all neighborhoods flourish. Together, we are:


Feeding Futures

Feeding Futures

Good nutrition is essential for all of us, and even more so for young bodies and minds. The research is clear: When a child goes without adequate, essential nutrition, it can lead to a lifetime of learning and developmental challenges. Second Harvest Food Bank partners with local programs, schools and funders to provide the nutritious meals kids need to power through their days. Our childhood hunger programs reach children during and after school, on weekends and through the summer months.


 

 




Feeding Opportunity

Second Harvest Food Bank's Triad Community Kitchen Culinary Training Program (TCK) is one-of-a kind in our area, offering a pathway to gainful employment for individuals ready for a fresh start. Following an intensive culinary and job skills training experience, graduates are ready to enter the workforce in the growing food service industry.

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. TCK/ Providence is made possible in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Forsyth Technical Community College and numerous internship and employment employment partners.


 


Feeding Health

Feeding Health
Food insecurity and diet-related diseases are significant public health issues with direct correlations. Food is expensive, healthy food even more so. Families living on tight budgets are filling their carts with calories, not nutrients, to provide enough food for the table. In communities where full-service grocery stores are few and far between, affordable, healthy options are often out of reach. The consequences can be see among the families we serve, who experience higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Community health officials recognize the links between hunger and health. Our Nutrition Services Team is actively engaging with healthcare partners across our region to address these connections. Second Harvest Food Bank's health and nutrition intiatives are providing increased access to fresh fruits and produce in low-income communities; teaching children and families how to shop and eat healthier on a budget; delivering health meals through healthcare settings; and connecting eligible families to additional resources for groceries.

 

 



Feeding Change

Food insecurity harms the health, strength and vitality of our communities. As caretakers of one another and stewards of our communities, we must work together to put an end to hunger. The Second Harvest Food Bank network works hard to provide healthy food for working families, vulnerable children and seniors, disabled individuals, veterans and others who need it, but we cannot be the sole provider of nutritional support for the 1 in 6 Northwest Northwest North Carolinians who are food insecure today. Government, the business commmunity, non-profit organizations, community foundations, and concerned commmunity members all have a role to play...because when we all do what we can, change is possible.

 



Read the stories of our work and impact on our Feeding Community Blog.

Come to the table. Get involved!

TOGETHER, WE ARE FEEDING COMMUNITY.
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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phone: 336.784.5770
Fax: 336.784.7369

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