Working Together for a Healthy and Hunger-free
Northwest North Carolina
Serving an18-county region, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is a vibrant hub for the work of feeding community. Every day, we move 37 tons of food through our warehouses and out to our neighbors that need it most through our network of 470 dedicated, on-the-ground partners. Beyond food, we support our partners through providing capacity building grants, nutrition programming, tools for advocating for families and more.
We are here to help set the tables of our struggling neighbors when they cannot. However, we decided long ago that we could not be content measuring our success solely by the number of meals we distribute – because food, alone, won’t solve hunger.
We recognize hunger for what it is: The relentless, unacceptable symptom of poverty and entwined challenges impacting the health and well-being of individuals and our collective future.
We are partners, collaborators and change makers asking the tough questions to unite us...to drive us beyond food for today toward a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow...for everyone.
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.