What We Do
The mission of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHMETROLINA) is twofold; first, to feed hungry people by soliciting and distributing food and other household products through partner agencies; and second, to educate people in the community about the nature of and solutions to the problems of hunger. In 2018-2019 Second Harvest provided over 60 million pounds of food and grocery items through a network of over 800 non-profit partner agencies including emergency pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, veterans services agencies, and animal shelters. We are changing the world by providing healthy, nutritious food for people who would otherwise go hungry.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has always prioritized the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff. Food safety has been a number one goal of the Food Bank’s since we started in 1981. We are taking extra safety and cleanliness precautions in all of our facilities as our country struggles to best manage COVID-19. The Food Bank is working with our over 800 partner agencies in 24 counties, including our local school systems, to assess how we can best be of service at this time. We are working to support several groups through our efforts including families of children whose school meals will be missing during times of school closures, seniors who are being asked to remain safely at home, and individuals being affected by business closures and cancellations. In many cases these are hourly workers and any reduction in hours causes a tremendous burden.
HOW YOU CAN HELP – VOLUNTEER:
Our volunteers are instrumental to food distribution in our 24-county service region. Our 800+ agency partners rely on us to be sure that the children, seniors, families, veterans, and pets that they serve have access to healthy foods. As a safety precaution, we are asking volunteers and staff to stay at home if they experience any symptoms of illness, or if they have traveled to high-risk locations within the last 30 days.
At this time, volunteer sessions are planned to run as scheduled, however, due to many company policies during the virus outbreak, quite a few of regular groups have had to cancel their shifts. We are in desperate need of volunteers to help fill those shifts. The Food Bank is taking every safety precaution for our volunteers and staff including:
- hosting smaller volunteer groups for each shift and spreading them throughout the building – no more than 10 in each group
- increased cleaning/sanitizing of our facility after each volunteer shift
- consistent handwashing
- social distancing
- also eliminating handshakes and hugs … sorry. Elbow bumps are welcome!
If you are interested in volunteering, and are healthy and without any cold/flu symptoms, please visit www.secondharvestmetrolina.org/give-time/volunteer for availability.