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  • Every Wednesday from 9:00am until 11:30am.

  • Registration is cut off at 10:00am.

  • USDA Registration is Every 1st & 2nd Saturday 9:00-11:00am

For all FIRST TIMERS please bring a copy of income documents,household infor. & your complete address to register.

TEFAP REPORT

April: Emergency Food

0-18: 231

19-64: 564

65+: 327

Total: 168 Families

April: TEFAP

0-18: 61

19-64: 87

65+: 55

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About Us

About Second Harvest Food Back of Metrolina

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through the education, advocacy, and partnerships to help eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has been in existence since 1981.

Who We Are and What We Do

The Second Harvest of Metrolina provide a regional distribution warehouse that branches and helps supply food and grocery items to the charitable agencies that helps assist people that are need. Second Harvest of Metrolina also provides the training, technical assistance and hunger education to our partner agencies.

Counties Served

Second Harvest of Metrolina serve a total of 19 counties - 14 counties in North Carolina including Anson, Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly and Union. We also serve 5 counties in South Carolina including Cherokee, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York. 

Counties Served

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provides food for over 700 partnering agencies including soup kitchens like Urban Ministries, emergency food pantries like the Burnsville Recreation & Learning Center, homeless shelters like Uptown Men’s Shelter and Center of Hope, senior programs, and low-income daycares.

Food Distributed

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina annually distributes over 54 million pounds of food and other household items throughout the 19 counties within our service region. 17.5 million pounds of our annual distribution is fresh produce, meat and dairy.

The Need

18.3% of our service area population which is over 527,000 people lives in poverty including over 188,000 children and over 41,000 seniors. The emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters continue to report significant increases in requests for assistance over last couple year.

Where Our Food Comes From

Approximately over 75% of the food that is distributed is by donation, 11% is purchased and 14% of the food comes from government commodities.

How We Distribute Food

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributes food through our main warehouse in Charlotte and through branches in Hickory (Catawba County), Dallas (Gaston County), and Spartanburg (Spartanburg County).

Do you need emergency food assistance within Anson County?

​Information

  • Every Wednesday from 9:00am until 11:30am.

  • Registration is cut off at 10:00am.

  • USDA Registration is Every 1st & 2nd Saturday 9:00-11:00am

For all FIRST TIMERS please bring a copy of income documents,household infor. & your complete address to register.

How Can We End Hunger

There are many ways that we, The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, can help fight hunger as well as many ways that you can help also, our compassionate advocates and volunteers help us to fight hunger to the best of our ability.

The Need In Our Region

Approximately over 527,000 people within our 19 county regions live at or below the poverty level.
 

Over 42% of those people that are at risk of hunger in our region are children and seniors - 188,000 children and over 41,000 seniors.
 

The partnering agencies of the food bank report that requests for food assistance have continued to increase at a
rapid pace.

We Feed Kids

The number one goal at Second Harvest is to help end child hunger. Within 188,000 children in our region at risk of hunger every day, we have developed several key initiatives to help “feed kids.”

Kids Cafe

The Kids Cafe Program provides free meals, snacks and nutrition education to at-risk children during the school year and summer months. Second Harvest sponsors 40 Kids Cafe sites, which feed thousands of children daily throughout our region.

Backpack Program

The Second Harvest Backpack Program provides a backpack full of nutritious, ready to eat or easy to prepare foods that is sent home on weekend and holiday basis when school meals are not available.

The Second Harvest Backpack Program provides over 150,000 backpacks annually at over 183 sites throughout our region in a 17 county area.

School-Based Mobile Pantry

The Second Harvest Backpack Program provides a backpack full of nutritious, ready to eat or easy to prepare foods that is sent home on weekend and holiday basis when school meals are not available.

The Second Harvest Backpack Program provides over 150,000 backpacks annually at over 183 sites throughout our region in a 17 county area.

School Based Snack Programs

This program helps provides healthy snacks for children at low-income schools. Often these children arrive at school not having had breakfast, and these snacks help ensure they have the best chance of success in learning and breaking the cycle of poverty.

We Feed Seniors

This program helps provides healthy snacks for children at low-income schools. Often these children arrive at school not having had breakfast, and these snacks help ensure they have the best chance of success in learning and breaking the cycle of poverty.

Second Helping

The Second Helping program helps provides supplemental boxes of nutritional foods to homebound elderly people within eight of our service counties. We work with our mobile meals partner agencies who help deliver the food each month when social security checks and SNAP benefits begin to run out.

Fresh Produce Markets

To help insure that our seniors have access to healthy produce, The Second Harvest sponsors open air produce markets throughout our region working with local senior programs. A special truck delivers 10–12 fresh produce items and the senior’s shops for the items they need.

We Feed Families

Mobile Pantry

Families in our rural areas face unique challenges due to fewer resources and transportation resources. The mobile pantry program helps distributes food directly to families in need during large-scale one-day distributions. A typical mobile pantry serves 200-250 families distributing up to 10,000 pounds of food. 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Through TEFAP, The Second Harvest distributes USDA products to those in need in our region. This important food service includes staple goods, fresh produce, meat and dairy products.

Community Food Rescue (CFR)

Every day in America we throw away enough food to feed all of those who are hungry. The CFR program rescues safe edible food from restaurants, catering companies, produce markets and picks up and delivers the food the same day to agencies that feed on site like soup kitchens and homeless shelters. 

We Feed Pets

Pet Food Bank

The Second Harvest Pet Food Bank is here to help assist individuals in Mecklenburg County who cannot afford to feed their pets. The goal is to help keep pets with their families.

Operation Rescue

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina receives and redistributes salvage pet foods and supplies to dozens of animal rescue operations throughout our 19 county regions. These supplies help shelters reduce the operating costs, freeing up funds to save more animals.

We End Hunger Through School Based Programs Like Together We Feed

Together We Feed: works to care for the holistic needs of hungry students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and beyond. The program takes a school by school approach and implements strategic, targeted services in elementary schools with significantly high free and reduced lunch rates. Some of these services include:

School-Based Mobile Pantry and Fun Zones

This program by the Second Harvest is designed to supplement our Backpack Program at higher poverty elementary schools within our region. To help ensure that our children have enough nutritious food to eat and come to school prepared to learn, this program provides on-site food shopping for low-income families. Each pantry provides staple goods, produce, meat, eggs, whole grain breads and essential non-food items like toilet paper and diapers, on average providing 40 to 50 pounds of food per family. The Food Bank will provide over approximately 150 school-based mobiles this year. Some mobiles also include a Fun Zone.  

School Based Snack Programs

This program by The Second Harvest helps provides healthy snacks for children within low-income schools. Often these children arrive at school not having had breakfast, and these snacks help ensure they have the best chance of success in learning and breaking the cycle of poverty. 

School Emergency Pantries

This program by The Second Harvest helps provides staple food items at high poverty schools which can be provided to families who are experiencing a food emergency.  This ensures that children at the school do not miss meals that are essential to perform their best in class. 

Backpack Program

The Backpack Program by The Second Harvest helps provides a backpack full of nutritious, ready to eat or easy to prepare foods that is sent home on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. 

Sponsor A Child

This program by The Second Harvest helps pair’s high-risk students with caring families or individuals in our community who provide much needed items to these students throughout the school year. Supporters of this program are provided with information from the school about the needs of a specific child, such as school supplies, uniforms, clothes, shoes and similar items. Supporters purchase and deliver these items to the school several times throughout the school year.

We End Hunger When Disaster Strikes

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is on call to respond to national, local and regional disasters by collecting food and funds for relief efforts within affected areas. 

As a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina can accept community donations to get the most urgently needed items to those in greatest need in any section of the country.


The most critical needs with a natural disaster are usually bottled water, canned goods and money to assist with transportation costs. During Hurricane Matthew, SHFBM sent dozens of loads to affected areas in North and South Carolina.

We End Hunger Through Education and Advocacy

How This Program Makes an Impact

One of the most important jobs of The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is to educate our service region about the causes of and solutions to the problem of hunger. The Second Food Bank offers educational tours, sends speakers to organizations, schools and businesses and provides information through written materials and our website.

In addition, The Second Food Bank works with our elected officials to advocate for public policy changes that will help prevent hunger and poverty. 

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Hunger In America

Hunger in America is changing

The economy may be improving since the Great Recession, but the recovery is still leaving many of Americans who were hit the hardest during the tragedy behind. Millions of people are still struggling to get by do to the underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living. In fact, more than 46 million people still turn to the Feeding America network each year for extra support.

Who goes hungry?

Hunger can affect people from all walks of life. Many Americans are jobless have a medical crisis away from having a food insecurity – but some people, including children and seniors, may be at greater risk of hunger than others. Get the facts.

Child Hunger

African American Hunger

Senior Hunger

Latino Hunger

Rural Hunger

Hunger and Proverty

Child Hunger

Hunger deprives our kids of more than just food

It’s a simple fact: A child’s chance for a bright tomorrow starts with getting enough healthy food to eat today. But within America, 1 in 6 children may not know where they will get their next meal. For the nearly 13 million kids within the U.S. facing hunger, getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a day-in, day-out challenge.

What happens when a child faces hunger?

Kids who don’t get enough to eat — especially during their first three years of life — begin life at a serious disadvantage. When they’re hungry, children are more likely to be hospitalized and they face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma. And as they grow up, kids struggling to get enough to eat are more likely to have problems in school and other social situations.

Children facing hunger may struggle in school — and beyond. They are more likely to:

Repeat a grade in elementary school

Experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills

Have more social and behavioral problems

Children struggling with hunger come from families who are struggling, too

Children facing hunger often grow up in a family where a parent or parents are also face hunger.

  • A family of four facing hunger may be in need of 36 additional meals a month simply because they don’t have money to buy enough food for that month.

  • 84% of households that Feeding America serves report buying the cheapest food — instead of healthy food — in order to provide enough for their family to eat.

  • 20% of children in households are at risk of hunger or may be forced to rely exclusively on charitable organizations like Feeding America to make ends meet.

You help us keep children healthy every single day

The Feeding America network helps serves more than 12 million children in America. In addition to accessing food through traditional food pantries, the Feeding America network also offers specialized programs to help kids get the food they need when they need it most.

senior Hunger

Senior hunger poses unique challenges

More than 5 million senior citizens currently face hunger in our country. After a lifetime of hard work, 63% of the households with older adults (50+) that Feeding America helps serves find themselves facing an impossible choice — to either buy groceries or medical care. And as the baby-boom generation ages, the number of seniors facing hunger is only expected to increase. Feeding America is working hard to prevent this.

As America ages, hunger pains grow

The rates of hunger among seniors ages 60 and older have increased by 53% since 2001, a lingering effect of the 2008-09 recessions. In fact, the number of seniors struggling with hunger is projected to increase by another 50% when the youngest of the baby-boom generation reaches 60 in 2025. And hunger pains can be increasingly painful as we age:

  • 63% of senior households served by the Feeding America network are forced to choose between food and medical care they need.

  • Households served by the Feeding America network that include an adult of age 50 or older are at an increased risk of having someone with a chronic health condition, including diabetes (41%) and high blood pressure (70%) — conditions that can be mitigated by healthy food options.

  • Only 42% of eligible seniors are enrolled and receiving SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) — making assistance programs for SNAP enrollment that much more important for seniors.

rural Hunger

Hunger runs deep in the communities working hardest to feed us

Many rural and farming communities — the very places where crops are grown to feed the world — face hunger. It seems impossible, but in lands of plenty, hunger pains can be the sharpest.

Millions of rural children struggle with hunger

People who live within rural areas often face hunger at higher rates, in part because of the unique challenges living remotely presents. These challenges include an increased likelihood of food deserts with the nearest food pantry or food bank potentially hours away, job opportunities that are more concentrated within low-wage industries and higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. This can make hunger in rural areas a unique challenge:

  • 2.7 million rural households face hunger

  • Three-quarters of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are within rural areas

  • 86% of the counties with the highest rates of child food insecurity are rural

Children who face hunger are more likely to struggle within school and experience developmental setbacks. Kids who struggle to get enough to eat also face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma.

African american Hunger

Hunger hits African American communities harder

African American households face hunger at a rate more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic group households. And getting enough to eat is a consistent struggle for 1 in 4 African American children.

Unemployment and poverty disproportionately affect African Americans — making combating hunger even harder

African American households have a significantly lower household income than white, non-Hispanic group households. African Americans are also more than twice as likely to face hunger.

  • The 10 counties with the highest food insecurity rates in the nation are at least 60% African American. Seven of the 10 counties are located within Mississippi.

  • Poverty rates for African Americans in 2016 were more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic individuals.

  • 11% of African Americans live in deep poverty (less than 50% of the federal poverty threshold).

Latino Hunger

Our Latino communities are struggling with hunger at a much higher rate

Latino families face hunger at staggering rates within America. One in five Latino households within the United States struggle with hunger. For Latino children, the disparity is even more severe. Nearly 1 in 4 Latino children are at risk of hunger, compared to 13% of White, non-Hispanic children.

Hard work isn’t always enough for Latino families

As the Latino population continues to grow, the need to reach households facing hunger becomes more urgent by the day. In fact, 20% of the people we serve come from Latino households. And even though the Latino population is working hard to get ahead, daily challenges still exist:

  • 81% of Latino households with children who use the Feeding America network of and food banks becaue they have at least only one family member working

  • Latinos are less likely to receive help from federal nutrition programs like SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) — compounding the threat of hunger

  • Latinos are at greater risk of developing diet-related illnesses — making healthy food options even more important

Hunger and Poverty

For people facing hunger, poverty is just one issue

41 million Americans struggle with hunger, a number nearly equal to the 40.6 million officially living within poverty. Based on annual income, 72% of the households the Feeding America network served in 2014 lived at or below the federal poverty level with a median annual household income of $9,175.

Though they often go hand in hand, poverty is just one of several issues tied to hunger. Unemployment, household assets and even demographics can also make it difficult to access the nutritious food people need to thrive.

Facts about poverty and hunger in America

Even within the world’s greatest food-producing nation, children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county across America. In 2016:

  • 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children. In 2015, 5.4 million seniors struggled to afford enough to eat.

  • A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.

  • Households with children were more likely to be food insecure than those without children

  • 59% of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the major federal food assistance program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps); the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (often called WIC)

Our work

Working together to end hunger

The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Together with individuals, charities, businesses and government we can end hunger.

Food today. Food security tomorrow.

Within a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it's almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who don't get the meals they need to thrive. We work to get nourishing food – from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers – to people in need. At the same time, we also seek to help the people we serve build a path to a brighter, food-secure future.

Food Recovery

Food That Nourish

Food Safety

Food Security

The Feeding America Network

200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs strong.

Learn more about how Feeding America network food banks fight hunger in communities across America

FOOD RECOVERY

Fighting Food Waste With Food Rescue

When we stop food waste, we take a big step toward ending hunger.

America has more than enough food to feed everyone. But our abundance is accompanied by tremendous waste. By some estimates, nearly half of the food that is grown, processed and transported in the U.S. goes to waste.

 

Here’s a look of where our country is wasting its food:

16%

16B

14B

10B

8B

1B

Supermarkets, grocery stores, 
& distribution 
centers

Full-service restaurants

Full-service restaurants

Limited-service restaurants

Government

40%

43%

2%

Our work

Source: ReFED

Feeding America focuses on the first three areas: the farms, manufacturers and consumer-facing businesses. By partnering with the leaders and local members of these industries, Feeding America can help find ways to rescue more food that would have otherwise gone to waste—and help feed more people that are in need. Watch this video to learn how the Feeding America network rescues food every day.

It’s about sustainability, too.

Approximately over 72 billion pounds of perfectly good food—from every point within the food production cycle—ends up in landfills and incinerators every year. Rescuing this perfectly edible, whole food means feeding families facing hunger and taking a large step in protecting our planet and conserving our resources.

The National food industry and environmental organizations, government agencies and even the UN agree: Reducing food waste has to be a top priority for protecting the environment. The UN set the ambitious—but achievable—goal of reducing food waste by half in the year 2030, and the EPA and USDA are now working to meet that goal.

Food loss occurs at every stage of the food production and distribution system. Excluding consumer waste within the home, over 52 billion pounds of food from the manufacturers, grocery stores and restaurants end up in landfills. An additional 20 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are discarded on farms or left in fields and plowed under.

The National food industry and environmental organizations, government agencies and even the UN agree: Reducing food waste has to be a top priority for protecting the environment. The UN set the ambitious—but achievable—goal of reducing food waste by half in the year 2030, and the EPA and USDA are now working to meet that goal.

Last year, the Feeding America network and our partners rescued 3.3 billion pounds of food.

That food went straight to feeding people facing hunger. But we can do much more. So Feeding America works closely with the people who understand the food’s life cycle such as the best—manufacturers, distributors, retailers, food service companies and farmers—to divert and gather food before it goes to waste.

Working with experts gives us insight into how food goes to waste and helps us get more of it to food banks across the country. To help maximize our effectiveness, we’ve developed different ways to help gauge demand from individual food banks, safely ship food over long distances and keep food fresh longer once it reaches a food bank.

We’re working on new innovative ways to get perfectly good food to children, seniors and families who need it most. Here are a few examples of the new solutions we have in action to rescue food:

Every night, dedicated trucks pick up unsold food from Starbucks and quickly redeploy it through local Feeding America member food banks. 

Read more about how Starbucks is putting its unsold food to good use.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee works hand-in-hand with one of the country’s largest green bean growers to rescue millions of pounds of green beans that are snapped or too short for grocery stores. 

Watch how this partnership puts more healthy vegetables on the plates of people in need.

One of Feeding America’s newest innovations, MealConnect, makes safe and quick food donations possible by matching food businesses directly to the Feeding America network. Local grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and more can use MealConnect to alert nearby food banks, food pantries or meal programs when they have food ready for immediate pick up, making more good food available and revolutionizing local food rescue. 

To read more about how MealConnect works, visit MealConnect.org.

FOOD SAFETY

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Ensuring Food Safety

Ensuring Food Safety

The Feeding America network has food banks serves that have served over 46 million people each year. We have to be sure that food we feed are children, seniors and families facing hunger is not only filling and healthy, but also safe.

To ensure that the billions of meals thar are network food banks distribute are safe, we depend on a combination of food industry requirements and specially designed safeguards.

  • We start with the same stringent requirements that govern U.S. grocery retailers, food manufacturers and restaurants.

  • We also ensure that each food bank in the Feeding America network passes a specially designed, third-party audit based on a combination of food safety laws and industry best practices.

  • And to make sure staff members in our food banks adhere to our strict food safety standards, we implemented a proprietary food safety training course, developed specifically to address the specific needs of food banks.

Ensuring that the food we help serve is safe and will continue to be a foundation component of our work to end hunger and a critical part of our commitment to support the well being of the people we serve.

FOOD THE NOURISH

Healthy Communities Need Healthy Foods

Feeding people facing hunger is about more than simply providing food to them. It’s about providing wellness, nourishment and strength. That’s why it’s our mission to provide the most nutritious food possible to improve people’s health and well-being.

We know that for populations like children and seniors, need a balanced diet can be particularly essential to succeeding in school, complementing medication and battling disease. Unfortunately, nutrition-related illnesses disproportionately affect food-insecure people.

Every day, Feeding America commits to building stronger communities with nutritious food. Here's how:

Making more fresh produce available to hungry people

Sourcing and distributing the food that is essential to a healthy diet helps us best meet the needs of the people we serve. To do that, we’re constantly innovating more ways to get perishable food to people who are in need of it. Equipped with new solutions, 69 percent of the food the Feeding America network now distributes aligns with USDA nutritional guidelines.

  • Produce Matchmaker connects growers of a highly perishable, fresh produce directly with food banks in the Feeding America network to quickly and efficiently rescue surplus food.

  • Mobile food pantries provide a critical lifeline to healthy foods for families in hard-to-reach and undeserved areas. Our mobile pantries create access to healthy foods by meeting people where they are.

  • Meal-connect make safe and quick food donations possible by matching food businesses directly to the Feeding America network.

Opening the door to healthy eating

We’re helping to promote healthy food choices within the food pantries, empowering the people we help serve to make the best nutritional choices for themselves and their families.

  • Smart merchandising through our network helps make choosing healthy food a habit. It can be as simple as putting cabbage in a prominent location, displaying whole wheat bread and clearly explaining the benefits of items that can help make healthy eating easier.

  • Many food banks within the Feeding America network offer hands-on education, including cooking demonstrations and taste tests that promote easy ways to use a wide variety of produce. Placing recipe cards near produce also gives families ideas for making healthy meals.

Researching how health and hunger intersect

We know that there’s a strong relationship between nutrition, health and food insecurity. That's why we continue to conduct research on how these topics help intersect — and how we can use that knowledge to better serve people facing hunger. 

 

Take an in-depth look at the connection we’ve found between health and hunger.

You can also learn more about how we’re fighting hunger with health on our Hunger and Health website — where there’s tons of recipes, research and resources for creating a healthier America.

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FOOD SECURITY

Leading the Movement to Solve Hunger

As the most largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America is leading the fight against hunger within our nation. We do this by not only feeding people on the ground, but also by raising awareness of the issue across the country. Feeding America educates the public about the impact of hunger through investment in marketing and communications, advocacy and cutting-edge research. Read more about solutions to ending hunger in America.

Raising awareness

Feeding America engages the public through hunger public service announcements (PSA) campaign in partnership with Ad Council that is supported with over $60 million of donated media annually, establishing partnerships with high-profile celebrities to serve on our Entertainment Council and implementing strategic cause-marketing campaigns with leading corporations.

Advocating on behalf of food-insecure Americans

We advocate for programs that help protect people facing hunger through a policy staff based in Washington, DC and through our Hunger Action Center, a massive grassroots advocacy center that is based online. The Hunger Action Center consists of an online community of more than 150,000 people who help us champion hunger-relief programs at the federal, state and local levels.

Conducting in-depth research

Feeding America believes that only by understanding it can we truly find solutions to hunger in America. This belief leads us to invest in top-of-the-line research initiatives – such as the annual Map the Meal Gap report and our quadrennial Hunger in America(HIA) Study. Map the Meal Gap provides food insecurity rates for every county and congressional district in America. HIA is the largest and most statistically valid, comprehensive demographic profile of people seeking food assistance through charity. HIA informs the Feeding America network’s strategy decisions, informs policy decisions at a state and federal level and helps us understand why people use private and nonprofit organizations and government programs for hunger relief. 

HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAMS

The Feeding America network is here to help.

If you are in a situation where you need food or groceries for yourself or for you family, we’re here for you. The Feeding America network of food banks is in every county in the country. 

Find the one nearest you, and know that you are not alone ›

Our Food Assistance Programs

Hunger has no boundaries. It affects over a million of children, seniors and households in communities across the country. That’s why Feeding America has programs to reach children, seniors and families no matter where they live or spend time. At senior centers or schools, in the city or countryside, Feeding America programs get food to people where they are and when they need it most.

Our Food Assistance Programs

Fast and flexible, the Mobile Pantry Program helps serves many of the highest-need households — including families in significantly under-served or hard-to-reach areas — by directly distributing food in pre-packed boxes or at farmers’ market-style settings. Focusing on highly demanded items like meat and produce gives access to the food people need most.

Disaster Food Assistance

When disaster strikes, our network of food banks kicks into high gear, helping provide emergency food and disaster-relief supplies to families and households virtually anywhere within America. Over a recent five-year period, our donors made it possible for Feeding America to distribute over 100 million pounds of emergency food and supplies to communities and households in the days and weeks following a disaster.

Summer Child Nutrition Programs

Twenty-two million children receive free or reduced-cost lunches within the school year, but during the summer months, only 3.9 million continue to have access to those subsidized meals. That’s where the Summer Feeding Program steps in: In 2015, the Feeding America network served 5.7 million meals to nearly 180,000 children in partnership with the USDA and the Summer Food Service Program. Summer should be about fun, not worrying about the next meal.

Back-Pack Program

For the 21 million kids who qualify for the free or reduced-price meals, school breakfast or lunch may be the only meals they can count on. So what happens when the school week ends? For more than 15 years, the Feeding America Back-Pack program has worked to make sure that children have access to nutritious — and easy-to-make — meals for the weekend. Today, we’re partnering with over 160 local food banks to distribute weekend meals to more than 450,000 students each week.

School Pantry Program

Helping serving more than 21 million meals to nearly over  110,000 children across America each year, the School Pantry program alleviates child hunger by providing food to low-income children and families right at school. Having convenient, consistent access to healthy foods helps ensure that children never have to worry about their next meal, which in turn makes for happier, healthier kids.

Kids Cafe®

Across the our country, The Kids Cafe programs helps provide free snacks and meals to low-income kids at community locations during after-school hours — like Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs — to reach and feed more children facing hunger. In the 2016 fiscal year, the Feeding America network served 27 million meals through 6,500 Kids Cafe sites and other meal program locations.

Senior Grocery Program®

Seniors face a number of unique medical and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk of hunger. Many are forced to make the tough choice between buying food and medicine, and others struggle to prepare foods as they once did.

The Senior Grocery program meets the specific needs of seniors by providing balanced, nutritious meals they can easily make at home.

SNAP® Outreach

SNAP — the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program, formerly Food Stamps — helps more than over 46 million people every year. Designed to help families with critical and basic nutrition needs who are going through hard times, SNAP is often the first line of defense against hunger in America. But according to Feeding America research, only 41 percent of the households we serve receive SNAP benefits — compared to the estimated 88 percent that could be eligible. Feeding America works to bridge that gap by partnering with state and local agencies, family advocates, employers and community and faith-based organizations to help eligible families understand and apply for the program.

BACK PACK PROGRAM

Back-Pack Program

Twenty-two million children receive the free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend?

For more than 15 years, the Feeding America Back-Pack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need to get enough to eat on the weekends. Today, bags of food are assembled at more than 160 local food banks and then distributed to more than 450,000 children at the end of the week. With your help, we can provide more food to more children in need.

Does Your Local Feeding America Food Bank Operate a Back-Pack Program?

Use the Food Bank Locator to contact your local food bank and find out what it is doing in your community.

 

Need More Information?

 

For additional information, please contact our Programs team.

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MOBILE FOOD PANTRY PROGRAM

Mobile Food Pantry Program

The Mobile Pantry Program helps to directly serves clients within the areas of a  high need in an effort to supplement other hunger-relief agencies in that area. Through a Mobile Pantry, a truckload of food is distributed to clients in pre-packed boxes or through a farmers market-style distribution where clients choose to take what they need.

The Mobile Pantry Program helps by expands the capacity of the Feeding America network to distribute food by removing barriers that prevent access to undeserved areas, and allows for fast and flexible delivery of rescued food and grocery products including meat, produce and baked goods.

Does Your Local Feeding America Food Bank Operate a Mobile Pantry Program?

Use the Food Bank Locator to contact your local food bank and find out what it is doing in your community.

What is a food pantry versus a food bank

A food bank helps by collecting food to distribute to hunger relief charities, including food pantries. Food pantries face the public, distributing food to those in need.

Need More Information? 

For additional information on the Mobile Pantry program or any Feeding America child hunger programs please, contact the programs team.

HOW WE RESPOND TODISASTERS

How We Respond to Disasters

When disaster strikes, Feeding America is on the ground and ready to provide food assistance and emergency supplies. Our extensive network of food banks reaches every county in every corner of our nation- making us uniquely prepared to respond in the event of a disaster.

Ready to help with disaster food assistance?

Preparedness:

The Feeding America network positions emergency food supplies throughout the country to help distribute quickly within the event of a disaster. We also establish and strengthen partnerships that provide access to equipment and supplies when needed. Through our day-to-day hunger-relief operations, we help low-income and at-risk populations who are disproportionately impacted by natural disasters.

Response:

During a disaster, Feeding America helps by leveraging our nationwide network—including 10 million square feet of warehouse space and 2,400 trucks that are used every day to bring food to people in need. These logistical solutions are re-purposed for disaster relief when needed and are vital to delivering food, water and supplies.

Recovery:

Feeding America remains rooted in communities long after other disaster organizations have moved on. Our member of food banks are major contributors to long-term disaster recovery efforts

Feeding America and our network of food banks delivered more than 100 million pounds of food, water and supplies to devastated communities in 2017.

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most worst on record. Hurricanes HarveyIrma and Maria inflicted significant amounts of damage. The Feeding America network and disaster - relief partners stepped up in response. More than 30 food banks were impacted by the hurricanes. Food bank staff worked around the clock for weeks to meet the needs of their communities while also struggling with their own personal losses. Seeing the need, fellow Feeding America food banks sent supplies and staff to help support their neighbors during this time.

 

Take a closer look at our disaster food relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.

How can you help with disaster food assistance?

Donate Money

Donating money is one of the best way to help us to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster. It allows us to help allocate resources freely when and where they are most needed.

Fundraiser

 

Ask your friends and family to donate too. Create a Set the Table fundraiser or help by creating a Facebook fundraiser. Small amounts add up quickly and can help provide much needed relief. $1 can help provide at least 10 meals through the Feeding America network of food banks.

Fundraiser

 

Ask your friends and family to donate too. Create a Set the Table fundraiser or help by creating a Facebook fundraiser. Small amounts add up quickly and can help provide much needed relief. $1 can help provide at least 10 meals through the Feeding America network of food banks.

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OUR NETWORK

Our Network

What is a food bank?

A food bank is a non-profit organization that collects and help's distributes food to hunger-relief charities. Food banks act as food storage and distribution depots for smaller front line agencies; and usually do not themselves give out food directly to people struggling with hunger.

 

Food banks within the U.S. are very diverse – from small operations serving people spread out across large rural areas to help very large facilities that store and distribute millions of pounds of food each year, and everything in between. A variety of factors impact how food banks work, from the size of the facility to the number of staff members. But, one thing all food banks have in common is that they rely on donors and volunteers to carry out their day-to-day operations. 

 

Watch this video to see how Feeding America works ›

How does the Feeding America network of food banks work?

Securing Food

Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers and from government agencies and other organizations. We have staff that work closely with the partners to match excess food with the food banks that most need it.

Shipping and Storage

The Feeding America network of food banks receive and safely stores donated food and grocery products. Feeding America supports member food banks with training, oversight and equipment grants to ensure perishable and non-perishable food is handled and stored properly.

Distributing Food

The food banks distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and individuals at risk of hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 3.6 billion meals to people in need.

Supporting the people we serve

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger.

Our work

Make America Hunger-Free

You can make sure everyone in this country has enough to eat.

Tell Congress to not take food from struggling families.

Give monthly to help kids and families in need

When you join the Feeding America Hunger Council Program as a monthly donor, you become someone we can count on to help the families facing hunger. You also receive exclusive information and updates on critical hunger issues such as reducing food waste and improving summer meal programs for children.

It’s easy to start your monthly donation to Feeding America ›

Advocate to end hunger

Together, we can end hunger, but it’s going to require anactive partnership between individuals like you, charity, the private sector and the government.

That’s why Feeding America advocates for policies that will ensure aid to hungry families. 

 

Learn more about our advocacy work ›

Another great place to start is right at home. 

Learn how you can teach your children about hunger and different ways you can fight hunger as a family ›

Volunteer your time

and talents

It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. Together, with millions of other food bank volunteers, your time makes a difference in the lives of your neighbors struggling with hunger. Help the Feeding America nationwide network get food in the hands of those who need it most.

Find local volunteer opportunities near you › 

Watch our thank-you video ›

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