Encouraging Healthier Foods
Food is foundational to all we aspire to do...and what we eat matters. The following programs, overseen by Second Harvest's Policy, Systems, and Environment Manager and supported by our Nutrition Educators, increase access to foods that nourish and tools to educate and support families.
farm fresh nourish!
Launched in 2020, Farm Fresh Nourish! brings local farms, food pantries, and Second Harvest's Nutrition Educators together to 1) provide increased access to fresh local produce for low-income households, 2) provide health information for people who self-report as having, or living with someone who has, one or all of these diet-related conditions: prediabetes, diabetes, heart issues (ex. heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), and 3) support local growers, who are integral to vibrant local food systems.
Interested locally-owned farms operating across Northwest North Carolina are invited to Email us to learn how to get involved.
Second Harvest Nutrition Educators provide menu planning assistance for our partner BackPack programs, plus nutrition handouts for program participants and their families in English and Spanish.
healthy pantry program
Second Harvest's Nutrition Educators work with our partner food assistance programs to conduct an assessment of their pantry environment, then work with program staff and volunteers to develop and execute plans to promote and encourage healthy eating behaviors, leveraging tools provided by Second Harvest.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. https://www.fns.usda.gov/cr/fns-nondiscrimination-statement