ADVOCACY & POLICY
Raise your voice for healthy and hunger-free communities.
Across the 18 counties Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC serves, thousands of people cannot reliably access all of the food they need to live a healthy life. Our Food Bank works every day to provide food to people who need it, as we collaborate to build solutions to end hunger in our communities.
To support these solutions, Second Harvest operates from a public policy and advocacy platform that advocates for policies that support good nutrition and strengthen families.
Your voice is one of the most powerful assets you have. Together, we can send a clear message to our elected officials: Addressing food insecurity and its root causes is critical to the health and vitality of our communities and nation.
Our Legislative Priorities
Second Harvest supports local and federal legislation that:
Protects critical nutrition programs for families
Reduces hunger and support America's farmers
Protects and strengthens Child Nutrition Programs
Strengthens families and communities through tax reform
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Food for Families
We Support Strengthening and Protecting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is an important tool for ending hunger in North Carolina, supporting kids, seniors, and families as they get on their feet. SNAP is effective and efficient: For every meal the Feeding America network distributes, SNAP provides nine.
Second Harvest supports legislation that secures SNAP as an essential tool for families to support their nutritional needs while making ends meet.
Feed People, Not Landfills
We Support Strengthening and Protecting Programs to Reduce Food Waste
An enormous amount of food is wasted in the United States each year. Information from ReFED - a collaboration of business, non-profit, foundations, and government leaders committed to reducing United States food waster - indicates that 72 billion pounds of safe and wholesome food is thrown away every year.
Second Harvest works with Feeding America to bring together public, private, and non-profit organizations to rescue more food and drive awareness of the issues.
Nutrition for Children
We Support Strengthening and Protecting Summer Meal Sites, School Meals, and Programs that Feed Children
Nutritious, healthy meals are essential for growing kids, as are programs that reach kids where they are.
Second Harvest supports legislation that protects and strengthens access to school meals, summer meals sites, and other programs designed specifically to feed children.
Healthy Food Banks
We Support Strengthening and Protecting The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP is a federal program that provides nutritious food and staple products to food banks such as Second Harvest so that we can provide it to low-income families in need of short-term hunger relief.
Second Harvest supports TEFAP and similar programs that support American farmers and bring provide healthy, staple food to stock the shelves and refrigerators of our partner programs.
Healthy North Carolina Communities We Appreciate the Strong Support We Receive from the State of North Carolina
Food donations are essential to our mission, but they can be unpredictable. To help ensure regular supplies of staple food items are available to our partner agencies, Feeding the Carolinas (the network of Feeding America Food Banks serving North and South Carolina) works to inform NC General Assembly members about the problem of hunger - who is affected, the impact of hunger on the health of individuals and communities, and what is needed to address the problem.
Please express your appreciation to our leaders for their support of North Carolina Feeding America Food Banks.