- Acquiring and distributing food to supplement the food needs of faith and community-based organizations;
- Advocating for the rights of hungry people;
- Educating the public about hunger; and
- Pursuing partnerships with like-minded organizations.
Sharing the abundance so no one goes hungry
As a proud member of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, we are part of a united, active network of food banks working to feed our communities today, as we strive to put an end to hunger through advocacy and collaboration for change.
- No one should go hungry.
- Addressing hunger is a responsibility shared by the public and private sectors and concerned individuals to ensure the health, vitality and well-being of our communities and nation.
- A vibrant, resilient and thriving community requires that we challenge ourselves and others to deeper levels of conversation and action.
- Everyone has gifts to share toward ending hunger – be that our time, our talents, our voice or food and financial resources.
- Hunger is a solvable problem.
- In fiscal year 2015-2016, Second Harvest Food Bank provided more than 25 million meals (30.6 million pounds of donated, purchased and prepared foods) for children, families, seniors and others through our network.
- Together with more than 450 partner programs - community food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and youth and senior feeding programs serving local communities in 18 counties - we help more than 300,000 neighbors in need each year, including 100,000 children.
- With every $1 donated, Second Harvest Food Bank can provide 7 meals.
Ready to Get Involved?
We all have a role to play to ensure no one in our community goes without sufficient food to live an active, healthy life. Working together, we can solve hunger. Learn how you can get involved.
Proud Member of:
Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, comprised or 200 member food banks, which, together, provide food to more than 37 million Americans.
The North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks provides a collaborative, collective force for North Carolina Food Banks to provide access to healthy sufficient food to the hungry people in North Carolina.
For a statewide perspective, check out "The Food Effect," an informative website made
possible in partnership with The Pork Council and dedicated to raising awareness of childhood hunger in North Carolina.
The FNS4NC Coalition, comprised of members from the seven North Carolina Feeding America Food Banks, aims to inform people about Food & Nutrition Services (formerly the Food Stamp Program) so that more potentially eligible families can benefit from this valuable program.
History of Food Banking in America
The concept of food banking began in the late 1960s in Phoenix, Arizona. John Van Hengel, a retired businessman volunteering at a local soup kitchen, began soliciting donations of food products from grocery stores that might otherwise have gone to waste. Soon, his efforts were generating more food than the soup kitchen could handle. Read more.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina was founded in 1981 and opened its doors in 1982 to address the growing needs of people seeking emergency food assistance in Northwest North Carolina. Since then, we have experienced dramatic growth in food distribution, operations and programming to better serve our more than 400 partner food assistance programs– and the thousands of people who rely on the food they provide each year. Read more.