Second Harvest Food Bank to Mark Official Opening of First Satellite

Greensboro-based Distribution and Nutrition Education Center to Serve Five County Area

WHO/WHAT:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC will host a ribbon cutting and facility tour, marking the official opening of its newly completed Greensboro Distribution and Nutrition Education Center at the Renaissance Shops at Phillips Avenue. The 10,650 square foot facility, which includes 2,200 square feet of freezer/cooler storage and a classroom meeting space, will serve as a hub for:

Critical efforts to get additional healthy food, more quickly and efficiently to Second Harvest partner food assistance programs operating in the eastern part of the Food Bank’s service area, including Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Caswell, and Randolph Counties.

Nutrition education initiatives and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) outreach.

Neighborhood-determined initiatives and training to support healthy lives and a healthy community, along with other activities that will help individuals reach their self-determined potential.

While the event is by invitation only to ensure COVID-19-related safety regulations and protocols are followed, the Food Bank is the regional community it serves community to attend virtually as it is shared via livestream to their Facebook Page at (facebook.com/Food.Bank.NWNC). This milestone occasion will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021. A pre-recorded tour of the facility with Second Harvest Chief Executive Officer Eric Aft also will be posted for viewing on the Second Harvest Facebook page.

ATTENTION MEDIA: An advance tour and interview opportunity for representatives of the media with Second Harvest leadership will be held inside the facility and begin promptly at 10 a.m. Please advise Jenny Moore at 336.413.4254 or jmoore3@secondharvest.org if you will be attending. Additional interviews and tour opportunities to following the program.

10 a.m. Advance Tour | Interviews with Media

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Program, Ribbon Cutting

Welcome

Eric Aft, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC,

Remarks

Jim and Marianne Bennett, Campaign Chairs

Proclamation

Mayor Pro Tempore Yvonne Johnson

Remarks

City Council Member Dr. Goldie Wells

Remarks

Susan Cox, Program Director, Community Support & Nutrition Program, One Step Further, a partner of Second Harvest, Second Board and Agency Advisory Council Member

Closing Remarks

Eric Aft, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, Master of Ceremonies

Ribbon Cutting (We will move from tent area to facility entryway area for the ribbon cutting)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Facility tours with invited guests

WHEN/WHERE:

Monday, April 19, 2021, 2517 Phillips Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405

10 a.m. – Advance interviews/tour with media

11 a.m. – Program and Ribbon Cutting

11:30 a.m. – Guest Tours

WHY:

The Second Harvest Greensboro Distribution and Nutrition Education Center is the culmination of a more than year-long initiative to provide greater access to nutritious food, and especially healthy, fresh foods, for Greensboro residents and others living in the Eastern and Northeastern counties within Second Harvest’s service region, with the ramifications of COVID-19 having added urgency to the project completion. Nearly 100 of the more than 430 food assistance programs Second Harvest serves are in Greater Greensboro and High Point. Collectively these programs rely on Second Harvest for more than 80 percent of the food they provide for community members who are struggling to afford all the food they need to be as healthy and productive as they can be. For Second Harvest’s fiscal year ended in June 30, 2020, this equated to 10.8 million pounds of food (or 8.4 million meals) to our partners serving Guilford County alone. The center will also be a hub for accessing food and services for Second Harvest partners serving five of its service area counties: Guilford, Alamance, Randolph, Rockingham, and Caswell Counties.

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About Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

At Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, we believe everyone deserves to eat and that all communities can be healthy and hunger-free. Our mission and work addresses both urgent needs for food assistance among community members and causes of poverty and food insecurity. Second Harvest is the primary source for food for a network of more than 430 local food assistance programs (pantries, community kitchens, shelters, and meals programs for children and seniors) serving communities throughout 18 Northwest North Carolina Counties. Our Food Bank’s Providence programs include a national recognized culinary training school and associated non-profit enterprises that include a full-service catering operation and management of accommodations and food and beverages services for Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC. Every day, Second Harvest works to address the critical connections between hunger and health, with a focus on alleviating childhood hunger, providing impactful nutrition education, advocating for policies that strengthen families, and collaborating with others to build locally relevant solutions to hunger and poverty. We are a proud member of Feeding the Carolinas and of Feeding America. Learn more about our work and get involved at SecondHarvestNWNC.org.