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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
TOGETHER, WE ARE FEEDING COMMUNITY.
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.