Benefits of Membership
Partnership. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC values the dedicated efforts of partner programs to provide nutritional support to children, families, seniors and others in their local communities, and we want to help.Together, we can provide urgently needed food assistance to our neighbors in need, as we work to end hunger through combined education, outreach and advocacy efforts.
Stewardship. Through partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank, local food assistance programs save an estimated $46 million each year. Nutrtious staple food items made available to our region through the United States Department of Agriculture and through state-supported food purchases are provided to qualifying programs at no cost. A Shared Maintenance Fee (SMF) is assessed on some products (up to 19 cents per pound), which provides modest support for Second Harvest Food Bank's operating costs (less than 10%). For some donated products, the SMF may not be charged, for example on highly perishable products.
Variety. Partner programs have access to a wide variety of quality food items donated by the retail grocery industry. These donations are supplemented by staple food items provided through the federal TEFAP program (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), various grant- and donor-funded food and produce purchase programs and community food drives. Partner programs can also obtain nutrient-dense, ready-to-heat meals prepared by our Triad Community Kitchen Culinary Training program and participate in our Food Purchase Program. If your organization provides an emergency food program (Emergency Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Rescue Mission, etc.) you will also be able to obtain staple food items made available through State Awarded Money (SAM).
Capacity Building: Second Harvest Food Bank is committed to being more than just a resource for food for our partner programs. Through a grants program and on-going training opportunities for partners, as well as support for your program's advocacy efforts, we aim to continuously strengthen our region's efforts to address the problem of hunger and support healthy communities.
Rural Delivery. Partner agencies located in Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Surry, Wilkes and Watauga Counties may place orders using a Rural Delivery Order Form for delivery every two weeks.