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 provide urgently needed food assistance for our neighbors who are in need today and work to address food insecurity and its root causes in our communities through education, outreach, collaboration and advocacy.
Stewardship. Partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank saves local food assistance programs nearly $50 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 for fresh produce and other 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 semi-annual grants program and on-going training opportunities for partners, as well as support for your program's advocacy efforts, we strive to continuously strengthen our region's efforts to address food insecurity and its root causes and support healthy, thriving communities for all.
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.