Serves: Cherokee, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union, and York counties
As part of Feeding America, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM), serves 19 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina. SHFBM provides a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need. SHFBM’s branches include: the Pee Dee Branch in Mt. Gilead, NC; the Catawba Branch in Hickory, NC; the Dallas Branch in Dallas, NC; and the Spartanburg Branch in Spartanburg, SC. The main branch and distribution warehouse is located in Charlotte, NC.
In fiscal year 2010-2011, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributed 37 million pounds of food and essential grocery items to approximately 650 hunger feeding agencies, including emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has five programs targeted at helping to end hunger: Community Food Rescue, Mobile Pantry, Kids Café, Backpack Program and Second Helping. With 15.1% of the Second Harvest service area population living in poverty, including almost 185,000 children and seniors, these programs are critical.
The Community Food Rescue Program is a “go green” program aimed at reducing food waste at places that serve food by picking up and re-distributing perishable foods to over 50 agencies in Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Annually, the Community Food Rescue program collects over 4 million pounds of food.
The Mobile Pantry Program is designed to deliver food to rural areas of the SHFBM service region where poverty rates tend to be higher. In 2011, SHFBM delivered almost two million pounds of food through this program.
The Kids Café Program is a childhood hunger initiative in which SHFBM partners with agencies that already serve children at risk of hunger to help provide nutritious meals and snacks at their sites. There are currently (as of May 2012) 40 Kids Café sites in 11 counties.
The Backpack Program, another childhood hunger initiative, provides children at risk of hunger with backpacks full of ready-to-eat, nutritious foods for weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. We currently have (as of May 2012) 99 Backpack Programs in 16 counties.
The Second Helping Program provides supplemental boxes of nutritious foods to homebound elderly in York, Lancaster, Lincoln, Union, Stanley and Cabarrus counties.
The Second Harvest PET Food Bank is a partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control Services and SHFBM. The program is designed to assist individuals in Mecklenburg County who cannot afford to feed their pets. The goal of this partnership is to help keep pets with their families. To make a monetary donation to the Second Harvest PET Food Bank, make checks payable to Second Harvest – Pet Food Bank. Cash donations are also accepted.
For more information on the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, and to learn more about the specific activities and programs offered, please visit: www.secondharvestmetrolina.org