The coolers at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina are filled with potatoes, corn, and other produce thanks to a three-year grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation, which is having a positive impact on hunger in Northwest North Carolina.
Last year, SECU Foundation Executive Director Jama Dagenhart, Foundation Board Member McKinley Wooten, Jr. and NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks Executive Director Alan Briggs announced a $1.2 million grant that will provide six million meals over the next three years for struggling North Carolinians. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is in their second year of utilizing these funds.
The grant supports North Carolina’s Feeding America food banks in providing families in need access to fresh fruits and vegetables, tying in with the Association’s Farm to Food Bank initiative to rescue unharvested or unsold produce.
The $400,000 given in the first year provided over 2.6 million additional meals in all one hundred counties, including an additional 421,000 meals for community members in need across Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC’s 18-county service territory.”
“On behalf of SECU members who fund the SECU Foundation, we are proud to team up with the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks to assist with solutions to alleviate hunger through programs like Farm to Food Bank,” said SECU Foundation Board Chair Jim Johnson. “SECU Foundation’s 3-year investment will expand and deepen the reach of the community food system, making a powerful and positive difference in the lives of children and families throughout the state.”