Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Kay Carter, CEO
Primary Contact Name
Donna Ragan
Main Address

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
500-B Spratt St
Charlotte, NC 28206
United States

What We Do


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

Who We Are and What We Do

We provide a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need. We provide training, technical assistance and hunger education to our partner agencies.

Counties Served

We serve a total of 24 counties - 14 counties in North Carolina including Anson, Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly and Union. We serve 10 counties in South Carolina including Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenwood, Lancaster, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union, and York.

Agencies Served

SHMETROLINA provides food for over 950 partner agencies including soup kitchens like Urban Ministries, emergency pantries like Nourish Up, homeless shelters like Uptown Men’s Shelter and Center of Hope, senior programs, and low-income daycares.

Food Distributed

SHMETROLINA annually distributes 78 million pounds of food and other household items throughout our 24 county service region. Over 47 million pounds of our annual distribution is fresh produce, meat and dairy.

The Need

12.6% of our service area population, over 485,000 people, live in poverty including over 155,000 children and 54,000 seniors. Our emergency pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters continue to report significant increases in requests for assistance over last year. These numbers do not incorporate our new counties in SC.

Where Our Food Comes From

Approximately 76% of the food we distribute is donated, 10% is purchased and 14% of the food comes from government commodities. 

How We Distribute Food

We distribute food through our main warehouse in Charlotte and through branches in Hickory (Catawba County-NC), Salisbury (Rowan County-NC), Spartanburg (Spartanburg County-SC) and Anderson (Anderson County-SC).


Interesting Info
  • Distributed over 78 million pounds of food (47 million was fresh produce, meat, and dairy) to help those in need through over 950 partner agencies last year
  • Approximately 485,000 people in our 24 county region live at or below the poverty level
  • 12.3% of our service area population, 155,000 children and almost 54,000 seniors are food insufficient
Geographic Location
Volunteer Opportunities

Pack and Sort Food
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