The Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina will host three upcoming drive-thru food distribution events. Two of these events will take place in Cumberland County while the other is scheduled to take place in Harnett County.

The first distribution will take place August 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank located at 406 Deep Creek Road, just minutes from downtown Fayetteville. The second event will take place at Alger B. Wilkins High School, 1429 Skibo Road, on August 24 from 3-5 p.m. Ray Road on August 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For each of these events, there is a maximum of two households served per vehicle. Anyone in a family can participate and it’s first come, first served.
Since 1964, Action Pathway has been part of a national network of community action programs whose promise is to change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope and improve communities. According to the Community Action Partnership, an initiative that is part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, community action agency service areas are private, non-profit, independently operated human service organizations. Currently, more than 34 million residents in the United States rely on CAAs to be the primary direct support agency to keep them on their feet.

The Second Harvest Food Bank was founded in 1982 as a program of Action Pathways. This non-profit organization provides food to people at risk of hunger in seven counties. Volunteers and employees serve a network of more than 260 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through distribution centers in Bladen, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett counties , Hoke, Robeson and Sampson. Currently, the food bank secures, stores and distributes over 16 million pounds of food per year.

The food that Second Harvest Food Bank provides to the community is donated by large retailers, local wholesalers and warehouses, other food banks, as well as through food drives organized by individuals, businesses, schools and civic organizations. Additional food, including fresh produce from small local farms, is purchased for their programs. If available, the Second Harvest Food Bank also distributes dairy products like milk and yogurt.

The Feeding America Network is the “boss” of the Second Harvest Food Bank of southeastern North Carolina. The contractual relationship that these two companies share ensures both financial and operational excellence. It also ensures accountability through network training, site monitoring, and substantial record keeping that meets established federal and state food handling standards.

The food bank is constantly looking for volunteers who are committed to helping others. They are currently looking for volunteers who can work weekdays. School groups, offices or families can sign up for a day of giving. To volunteer and to learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina, visit www.hungercantwait.org.

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