Updated: Aug 29, 2019
133 billion pounds of food is wasted every year, yet 42 million Americans do not get enough nutritious food to eat to lead healthy, productive lives.
It was those contrasting realities that led to an innovation that we now call “food banking”—non-profit regional hubs equipped to solicit, inventory, inspect, store and distribute food to food pantries, community meal sites, and other nonprofits feeding their local communities.
Northwest North Carolina is an agricultural region, with farmers growing nutritious produce from the apples of Alexander County to sweet corn in Rockingham, and with food retailers, manufacturers, and distributors from Burlington all the way up to Boone. Knowing that all this good, quality food existed right here in our region, more than three decades ago Second Harvest Food Bank set out to get it to those who needed it most.