Coronavirus Relief Food Banks,
Food Banks & Pantries,
Mission: To feed people by soliciting and distributing food and other products through partner agencies and educating the community about the nature of and solutions to problems of hunger.
Programs: Grocery product collection and distribution:overall product distribution: second harvest food bank of metrolina (shfm) received 55,930,238 pounds of grocery and household product from almost 500 local donors, national sources coordinated by feeding america, usda commodities, and purchases in 2016-2017. We distributed 54,068,572 pounds of this product to over 700 partneragencies throughout our 19 county service regions of north and south carolina and to other food banks in the carolinas in 2016-2017. Government commodities and state nutrition assistance program: while the majority of our food bank's product are donated by wholesalers, retailers, and the general public, 7,516,367 pounds came from government commodities and the state nutrition program. Government commodities come from the department of agriculture in nc and from the department of social services in sc. These commodities are distributed to agencies bases on the poverty levels in each county. With our share of the state funds ($493,447) we purchased highly nutritious food from nc businesses for distribution to emegency pantries in the 14 counties we serve in nc. Salvage: at the main warehouse of shfbm in charlotte, nonperishable foods and non-food items donated from food drives and salvage centers are inspected, sorted, and packaged for distribution to our partner agencies. This project is one of our most popular volunteer activities. A total of 5,339,940 pounds were processed duringthe fiscal year. Purchased: in addition to the state purchases outlined above, in 2016-2017 shfbm received 2,555,159 in grants and donations restricted for food purchase. These gifts enabled the food bank to secure highly nutritious products that are rarely donated. Food drives: each year, hundreds of local businesses, churches, neighborhoods, and service groups hold food drives for shfbm. This past year over 5,965,713 pounds were collected in local food drives. Our partner agencies: in the past year, shfbm supported over 700 partner agencies feeding the hungry in our 19 county service region of north and south carolina. These agencies include emergency pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, low income daycares, kids cafes, backpack and senior programs. Volunteerism: volunteers from all segments of our community (individuals, corporations, faith-based groups, schools, community service workers and others) make a huge contribution to shfbm. In 2016-2017 volunteers donated 265,304 hours to shfbm. Collectively the financial impact of these volunteer efforts was over 6. 4 million dollars calculated at $24. 14 per hour. This hourly amount is set by independent sector, a leadership forum for charities around the world. Ending child and senior hunger: shfbm believes that no child or senior should ever go hungry. Two of our major goals are to implement programs that help us end child and senior hunger in our regions. These programs include kids caf: this program partners shfbm with partner agencies that serve at-risk children. Examples include: boys and girls clubs, communities in schools, and low-income day cares. The food bank make possible for these agencies to add a feeding component so that at-risk children can have access to nutritious meals and snacks. As of the end of 2016-2017, shfbm had 41 kids caf sites in eleven different counties. Backpack program: this program provides backpacks full of nutritious ready to eat foods on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. As of the end of 2016-2017, shfbm had 169 backpack sites in 16 different counties. Second helping program: this program provides monthly food boxes to homebound seniors in eight counties in our region. Boxes are delivered by our agency partners on regular meals on wheels routes and helping seniors remain in their homes longer.
distribution of nutritional foods: community food rescue (cfr): cfr gathers and distributes perishable foods such as produce, dairy, restaurant, and bakery items that might otherwise be thrown away. The food is picked up daily and deliveredat no cost on the same day to agencies that feed on-site. This program annually saves almost 6 million pounds of food. Almost 50 agencies in mecklenburg and iredell counties are served by cfr. Distribution of produce, meat, seafood, and dairy: shfbm places a special emphasis on soliciting and distributing highly nutritious foods including produce, meats, dairy and seafood, needed for balanced and healthy diets. These are often the foods that people living in poverty can least afford. In 2016-2017 shfbm distributed 21,408,819 pounds in these categories.