Feeding the hungry in Greensboro is now even simpler with Second Harvest’s new distribution heart

GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – One in six people faces food insecurity.

Located in northwest North Carolina, Second Harvest Food Bank works with community partners in 18 counties to make it easier for people to find and afford healthy meals.

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For outreach agencies responsible for bringing groceries directly to the community, bringing fresh groceries from the warehouse location in Winston-Salem to their facilities can be a challenge.

In April of this year, Second Harvest opened its distribution nutrition training center on Phillips Avenue in Greensboro.

CEO Eric Aft said the center will serve as a satellite for the main distribution center based in Winston-Salem.

The focus is on making it easier for organizations in Guilford, Alamance, Caswell, Rockingham and Randolph counties to collect and distribute food.

“By setting up the satellite, we will be able to provide our neighbors in need in these counties with more food and, above all, more nutritious foods – products, meat and the like,” said Aft.

The facility was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver more nutritious foods such as produce and meat to neighbors in need.

The center has already distributed 1.8 million pounds of food.

The agency distributes groceries three times a week and helps feed over 500 families each month.

Community Partners say the location made a huge difference in their ability to help people in need.

The agency distributes groceries three times a week and helps feed over 500 families each month.

A drive that used to take an hour and 15 minutes from Reidsville now takes about 30 minutes, according to Mackensie Wray, grocery pantry manager at Rockingham Hope.

“That saves money. It cuts our travel time in half instead of having to drive to Winston. It saves us gas and time to come back to our pantry and serve others, ”Wray said.

The center also offers nutrition education with the aim of teaching people how to better use food for healthier diets.

It is located at 2517 Phillips Ave. in Greensboro.

For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank in northwest North Carolina, visit secondharvestnwnc.org.

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