At Second Harvest, we believe EVERYONE DESERVES TO EAT.
Our work focuses on addressing the immediate need for food assistance, as well as the root causes of food insecurity and poverty.
Food for Today
Second Harvest is proud to serve 18 Northwest North Carolina counties as a vital source of food and support services for 430+ local food assistance programs.
The nearly 36+ million meals that we and our on-the-ground partners provide each year are vital source of nutrition for food insecure families.
Hope for Tomorrow
The future we envision is one where hunger is a thing of the past.
The work we do every day to connect issues of food insecurity, health, poverty, and opportunity improves the lives of families and supports the health and vibrancy of our communities.
We know that no one organization or individual, alone, can address issues of hunger and poverty. But together, we can.
Join Our Community
We all have a role to play in solving hunger, from the private sector to the public sector to individuals like you.
The core of what we do? We get food to people who need it.
Second Harvest serves as the major source of food and organizational support for a network of over 430 partners throughout 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina.
Our food assistance programs include:
Community-based grocery assistance programs
Weekend backpack programs for kids
Providence Community Meals (Serving after-school programs and programs serving low-income seniors and adults with disabilities)
Summer meal sites for kids
Community cupboard distributions in food deserts
Health clinic-based food pantries
Nutrition and health go hand in hand.
Second Harvest's Nutrition Services team uses a variety of approaches to support the health and wellness of individuals of all ages. We help families gain skills, knowledge, confidence, and resources to maximize their food resources for healthier eating.
From nutrition workshops to cooking courses to food demonstrations and tastings to providing assistance to families in applying for federal nutrition programs, Second Harvest uses a wide range of evidence-based practices.
Connecting local residents to family-supporting careers
Our 13-week, Providence Culinary Training program provides individuals with a pathway to family-sustaining careers in the foodservice and hospitality industries. Our two non-profit restaurants and our catering company operate as social enterprises and provide graduates with extended training and resume building experience.
Collaboration and technology drive new solutions.
It will take all of us, working together, to find and build solutions to food insecurity.
From the data-driven and community-led Imagine Forsyth collaborative, to small-town focus groups and large-scale coordination with health care systems, Second Harvest works to bring together community members and leaders to make impactful change in all areas of health, food access, and poverty.
As part of the Feeding America network, we stand prepared.
As members of the Feeding America and Feeding the Carolinas networks, Second Harvest is part of a plan that positions emergency food supplies throughout the country to distribute quickly in the event of a disaster. We establish partnerships with local non-profits and within the food industry to call on when needed. Through our day to day hunger-relief operations, we help stabilize low-income and at-risk populations who are disproportionately impacted by natural disasters.
During a disaster, Second Harvest uses our logistical expertise and equipment, such as storage facilities and trucks, and coordinates with Feeding America and Feeding the Carolinas to move food to the locations where it is needed. Our Providence Community Meals program creates ready-to-heat meals for quick distribution.
Second Harvest and all Feeding America food banks remain rooted in communities long after disasters occur and help create long-term solutions for recovery in impacted areas.