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.
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.
SHMETROLINA provides food for over 950 partner agencies including soup kitchens like Urban Ministries, emergency pantries like Loaves and Fishes, homeless shelters like Uptown Men’s Shelter and Center of Hope, senior programs, and low-income daycares.
SHMETROLINA annually distributes 75 million pounds of food and other household items throughout our 24 county service region. Over 41 million pounds of our annual distribution is fresh produce, meat and dairy.
12.6% of our service area population, over 489,000 people, live in poverty including over 159,000 children and 52,000 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 75% of the food we distribute is donated, 7% is purchased and 18% of the food comes from government commodities. These numbers do not incorporate our new counties in SC.
How We Distribute Food
We distribute food through our main warehouse in Charlotte and through branches in Hickory (Catawba County-NC), Spartanburg (Spartanburg County-SC) and Anderson (Anderson County-SC).
- Distributed over 75 million pounds of food (41 million was fresh produce, meat, and dairy) to help those in need through over 950 partner agencies last year
- Approximately 489,000 people in our 24 county region live at or below the poverty level
- 12.6% of our service area population, 159,000 children and almost 52,000 seniors are food insufficient