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 515+ local food assistance programs.
The 40+ 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 for a network of over 430 partners throughout 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina.
These partners include community food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. In addition, we partner in communities to provide:
Health clinic-based food pantries.
School-based pantries and weekend backpack programs for children.
Hot, nutritious meals for children, seniors, and adults with disabilities living in low-income households.
Community food distributions of fresh produce and other nutritious foods.
Poor Nutrition Can Lead to Poor Health
When people are struggling economically, it is not uncommon to have to sacrifice quality or variety or even skip meals to make ends meet. After all, while most household expenses are fixed, the grocery bill is not.
The results can be devastating, with increased risk of:
Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer
Trouble in school for children and teens
Increased stress and poor mental health
Second Harvest's Nutrition Services Team uses a variety of approaches to support healthy lives and healthy communities. These evidence-based services help families gain skills, knowledge, confidence, and resources to maximize their food resources for healthier eating:
Cook: Recipes, Nutrition Tips, Cooking Videos
Learn: Cooking Classes, Food Demonstrations, Nutrition Workshops
Eat Well: Program-focused strategies to encourage healthy foods
Healthy Food Access
Food and Nutrition Services Enrollment Assistance
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.