Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina - Programs
A Wide Range Of Programs And Services
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina works to eliminate the cycle of hunger through a wide range of programs and services. They are achieved through our member agencies and local, state, and national partners.
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
A program designed for the distribution of surplus food from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to low-income families and individuals. The program is administered to Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, and Sampson counties through over 50 member agencies monthly.
- State Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
The North Carolina General Assembly provides funding for the North Carolina State Nutritional Assistance Program otherwise known as SNAP. The program allows the Food Bank to purchase products such as canned vegetables, fruits, soups, and other nutritional items which normally don't come through donations regularly.
- Backpack Program
The program provides wholesome and nutritious food to elementary school students. With the help of volunteers, the food bank provides food for backpacks each Thursday for distribution at schools on Friday. Each student receives enough food for the weekend to supplement meals otherwise not available.
- Nonfood Program
The Food Bank receives donations such as bikes, furniture, clothing, and other non-food items from Target/Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Identified member agencies providing unique services to families and children have access to the program.
- Volunteer Program
Partnerships with local and state agencies provide volunteer and community service opportunities to individuals and families. Youth have the opportunity to help the community and get training for future careers. Families are afforded the opportunity to work hours towards new home attainment.
- Grocery Retail Program
The grocery retail program rescues edible foods such as meat, deli, and other perishable products from Food Lion and SAM's Club. The Food Bank currently directly picks up from 14 local stores through the program.
- Salvage Program
The Food Bank receives and distributes donations from retail stores and reclamation centers having incorrect labels, dented cans, or did not meet company product guidelines. The products are inspected to ensure they are edible and safe products for consumption. In 2008, Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Hope Mills named the Food Bank it's charity of choice.
- Mobile Food Pantry
The mobile pantry is a refrigerated truck that helps us to get fresh, perishable, and frozen grocery products out to high need communities in our service area that lack access to one of our member agencies. The mobile pantry was purchased in 2010, and has since made many monthly deliveries.