Second Harvest Needs Your Help!

Did you know Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina has provided more than 25 million meals just in the last fiscal year of 2015-2016?! That’s 30.6 million pounds of food donated, purchased and prepared for families and senior citizens across the region! Since operation in 1982, Second Harvest has distributed more than 165 million pounds of food to those in need across Northwest North Carolina. They work together with more than 450 partner programs in 18 counties, including community food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and youth and senior feeding programs serving local communities. Second Harvest helps more than 300,000 neighbors in need across these counties each year, including 100,000 children. Even here in Northwest North Carolina, 1 in every 6 people struggle with hunger and 1 in every 4 children go without essential nutrients to grow up healthy. Since the economic downturn in 2008, the Second Harvest network experienced a major surge in the number of people in need of food assistance. You can view each county profile served by Second Harvest of Northwest North Carolina by visiting their website to find out more about real life need and impact of Second Harvest.

Read what Jenneffer Sixkiller has to say about how Second Harvest benefits her town of Mooresville, NC.

The library where I work, Mooresville Public Library is part of town government, and all employees are given the opportunity to work up to 16 hours per year in a variety of volunteer opportunities.  I recently participated in the United Way Days of Caring, and I volunteered to sort goods at our local food pantry. It was a truly eye-opening experience.

One of the aspects about our community of which I was unaware before I went to volunteer is the greatness of need.  Our pantry, the Mooresville Christian Mission, serves over 4,800 families with over 48,000 pounds of groceries each month!  Giving CASH rather than donating food items allows them to be able to obtain more food for more people.  Another surprising fact is that, our pantry's biggest partner is Second Harvest of Metrolina. Second Harvest food banks can reach so many individuals and families in need by utilizing community partners. Strength in numbers!  Not only do clients receive canned and shelf-stable pantry goods, but also fresh breads, produce, meats, cheeses, deli items, and toiletries like diapers, pet food, and toothpaste.  Lastly, the biggest takeaway of all is that, there doesn't need to be a stigma, or any shame, surrounding need; it affects us all. The volunteer coordinator stressed the need to treat clients with respect, because for many, it can be very hard to ask for help; the last thing we want to do is turn them away with our attitude.

I am honored to now be a community partner and active volunteer with Second Harvest. Give your money if you can, and if not, definitely give your time; the needs are great, and you can help.