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BLESSINGS A newsletter for the supporters of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

FALL 2013

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Staff

Kim Beal Russell Bogans Kieron Bourne David Brown Kay Carter Bill Cole Dave Coles Reggie Corley Steve Cross Terri Davis Dick Ebert Max Enriquez Linda Estep Alice Gallagher Sherman Hager Kathy Helms Habslee Hernandez David Link Jeffrey Longwell Troy McCoy Joe McKinney John Meighan Shay Merritt Anthony Morgan Toni Morris Lisa Marie Nisely Matt Nooe Wendy Nyberg Trudy Peterson Linda Petros Cathy Radford Jose Ramirez Steve Renner Vonda Richey Delilah Roseborough Victor Strayhorn Dan Sullivan David Zagoya-Carmona

IT Services

Akil Boston

Food Drives and Special Events Pee Dee Branch Assistant Driver Kids Cafe / Backpack Programs Chief Executive Officer Driver Driver Warehouse Assistant Food Drives / Volunteers Agency Monitoring Spartanburg Branch Coordinator Warehouse Assistant Administrative Assistant Capital Campaign Assistant Administrative Assistant Manager of Agency Services & Programs Dallas & Catawba Branch Assistant Manager of Warehouse Operations Driver Warehouse Assistant Warehouse Supervisor Transportation Coordinator Volunteers / Grants & Hunger Education Warehouse Assistant Food Drives & Special Events Receptionist Graphic Design / Photography Executive Assistant Pee Dee Branch Coordinator Warehouse Assistant Transportation Coordinator Driver Dallas & Catawba Branch Coordinator Chief Financial Officer Communications / Special Events Driver Spartanburg Branch Assistant Warehouse Assistant


Board of Directors

OFFICERS Dan Harris Karin McGinnis Tommy Franklin Kiley Rawlins Cliff Hemingway

ADVISORY MEMBERS Rod Antolock Peter Fulton Governor James Martin

WORKING MEMBERS Rich Ashlin Eric Chapman Patricia DelBello Kevin Hyrams Vivian Lavaty Gale Pendergraph Tressa Pearson Bill Tripet

Chair Vice Chair Secretary Treasurer Immediate Past Chair

Rob Ferentz Ben Hawfield Calvin Rash

Patrick Brady Elizabeth Clagon Gabby Fritz Lois Ingland Steve Marlier Christy Phillips-Brown Michelle Swindells Lorna Wooding

Riley Fields Ronny Hayes Paula Vincent

Warren Brown Kieth Cockrell George Hechtel Herb Jeans Greg Morris Sascha Struckmeyer Mark Teague

500 B Spratt Street Charlotte, NC 28206, Phone 704-376-1785 Fax: 704-342-1601 Catawba Branch: 828-324-8030 Dallas Branch: 704-922-1399 Pee Dee Branch: 910-439-4407 Spartanburg Branch: 864-208-3443


message from kay

As I march toward my 10 year anniversary at Second Harvest this coming January, sometimes it feels like 10 years, but most of the time it feels like 10 minutes. As we get older I think we feel the need to impart our sage wisdom on the younger folks who work with us. It is part of our responsibility, or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. We have a whole crop of young, technology savvy employees here at the food bank and they help balance out those of us (myself included) who have already worked more years than we will work in the future. I try and tell these young people that time is fleeting and it just goes faster and faster. This means we have to work harder and harder to continue to make a dent in the many issues surrounding those who are hungry in our community. The past few years of recession have taken a toll on folks who were already struggling to make ends meet. More children are in poverty than ever before as unemployment rates remain high. Mothers and fathers are working but many are in low paying jobs that will not meet the cost of living. Hours have been cut and many of our neighbors need our help more than ever. I suspect the vast majority of you reading this message know all of this and thanks to you we are making progress. Our fiscal year 2012-2013 just ended and this is the time of year when we review our goals and how well we did on achieving the ones we established for ourselves. A complete report card is on page 18, but I want to take the time to talk about two amazing accomplishments. First of all, we distributed over 40 million pounds of food and household items for the first time ever. That seems amazing to me when I remember we started at 7 million when I arrived in 2004. This is thanks to all of our food and non-food donors and to those of you who hosted food drives at your schools, places of worship, social organizations and workplaces. Equally important, we reached the 100,000 hour mark in volunteer time donated this past year. Ten years ago we were at around 7,000 hours annually. This is thanks to our companies who allow their employees to volunteer, to individuals who come in week after week and to social organizations and places of worship that come in to volunteer. From sorting food, to processing non-food and household items to packing backpacks and senior boxes, every hour you donated was worth over $21. You all donated enough hours to more than double our entire staff and to save us over 2 million dollars in labor costs. All of these saved dollars mean we were able to feed more people. The task is challenging and some days (well most days now), I get tired. It would be easy to give up and say we cannot beat this problem. But we can conquer it and we can’t give up because all of those children and seniors are depending on you and on me. I am asking you to stick with me and the food bank for another ten years. And by doing that, you are pledging to stick with those who need us the most.


the cow boy HARRIS TEETER SPONSORS 24TH ANNUAL CHEF’S BEST, THE “COWBOY” Five years ago, Harris Teeter became the Title Sponsor for the Food Bank’s longest running event, Chef’s Best. The annual fundraiser benefits the Community Food Rescue Program which daily rescues perfectly good and safe food that would be thrown away and uses it to feed hungry people. Since Harris Teeter took over the event, the company has brought in a parade of celebrity chefs and has turned the focus of the event to local farmers all the while raising $700,000 including almost $152,000 at this year’s event. Chef’s Best featured a four course meal prepared by chefs from some of Charlotte’s finest restaurants, great wines provided by Gallo, an amazing reception provided by the Art Institute and a great live auction. Major event partners for this year’s The Cowboy included CRVA, E&J Gallo, Cargill, the Art Institute, Mimosa Grill, e2 Emeril’s Eatery, Blue, The Liberty and Upstream. The Cowboy featured what else, beef, focusing on Harris Teeter’s Butcher’s Market with all courses except dessert featuring beef provided by Cargill. With a special appearance by “The Rancher” from Harris Teeter’s famous commercials, the event was a great opportunity to “Cowboy Up.” Many thanks to Maureen O’Boyle who did her usual fantastic job as emcee and to our new auctioneer for the evening, Eric Hauss. And of course, the event would not be the same without our favorite band, Bentley! We are very grateful to Harris Teeter, all of our event partners and all of our sponsors. Thanks for another great year!


Blue Restaurant & Bar



Smithfield, Richard Petty Motorsports, and Charlotte Motor Speedway joined forces on May 24, 2013 to kick off a donation of three million hot dogs to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and other food banks around the country. Donation locations coincided with Speedway Motorsports owned tracks and Charlotte was honored to be the kick-off site! The donation was part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes Program, the company’s coast-tocoast effort to alleviate hunger and raise awareness of food insecurity. Eight Smithfield tractor trailers, each carrying 40,000 pounds of protein, drove laps around the Charlotte Motor Speedway led by the pace car and the Smithfield No. 43 show car. Food Lion joined Smithfield with a tractor trailer of canned goods, donated to Second Harvest. “Smithfield has made more than 155 donations across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program. Through this campaign, we have provided more than 25.4 million servings to food banks,” said Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Smithfield. “If we laid these hot dogs end to end they would make more than 150 laps around the Charlotte Motor Speedway.” Many thanks to Smithfield, Food Lion and all of our NASCAR friends at Charlotte Motor Speedway for this amazing event!



The eighth annual WSOC-TV Channel 9 Summer Food Drive was held on June 19th. Through the years, WSOC viewers have donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to help Second Harvest during the summer months when need is high due to children missing school meals. With as many as 78,000 children from the Charlotte Mecklenburg school system alone relying on free and reduced price lunches during the school year, the need throughout our region is tremendous during summer break. This year’s drive collected almost 10,000 pounds. Many thanks to all of the celebrities from the station who were on hand all day to greet viewers dropping off food. Special thanks to the amazing Channel 9 viewers who continue to support us year after year. We appreciate you for helping us ensure that children will have enough to eat through the summer!


For the past several years, the Latter Day Saints have held spring food drives for Second Harvest and several of our partner agencies. This year, 43 missionaries from South Charlotte and Rock Hill volunteered at the Food Bank on April 27, 2013. Collectively, the congregations donated over 11,500 pounds and the youth helped sort all of the food during their day of service. Many thanks to all of the congregations and youth for helping the Food Bank, Matthews Help Center, Loaves and Fishes in Monroe and the Catawba Indian Nation’s food pantry. The food arrived at the perfect time, right as we headed into the high need summer months.


TASTE OF THE NATION 18TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE NATION SUPPORTS ENDING CHILD HUNGER With a theme of No Kid Hungry, this year’s Taste of the Nation put on by Share Our Strength, benefitted Second Harvest and Community Culinary School locally.

The event is in its 18th

year and raised almost $100,000 to help in the fight to end child hunger in our region. Many thanks to American Express, Sysco, Cavit, Wells Fargo, Piedmont Natural Gas, US Foods, Johnson and Wales and Mutual Distributors along with dozens of other local sponsors. Guests were treated to outstanding food from some of our region’s finest restaurants including the following Best of TON Award Winners: Best Hot Food: Savannah Red Cantina 151 Best Cold Food: Mama Ricotta’s Gallery Restaurant (Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge) Best Table Display: Harper’s Restaurant Johnson and Wales University

Everyone here at Second Harvest thanks all of the sponsors and committee members who made this event possible. Here’s to no more hungry kids!


Springtime in Charlotte saw the launch of the city’s most delicious new deal, Dine out Charlotte. The inaugural culinary celebration offered up an amazing deal for diners from April 12- 21. During this two week period, dozens of the city’s best restaurants offered special deals for diners with $2 of every meal going back to Second Harvest to support our child hunger initiatives. “One of Charlotte’s most beautiful times of the year calls for a celebration of the eclectic cuisines from our area’s own talented chefs. The event promises to be a win-win for restaurants and diners alike. And why not help those in need while doing it? “says Dine out Charlotte founder Jeff Ahmadi. “Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is honored to be the charity of choice for the inaugural Dine out Charlotte Event. This is a great opportunity for people in our region to try out more of our great restaurants and at the same time help ensure that there are no more hungry children in our region,” says Kay Carter, CEO of Second Harvest. Thanks to Jeff and all of the great restaurants and chefs, over $10,000 was raised to feed hungry children.

Peaches with a Purpose

On August 26, 2013, Harris Teeter and Titan Farms donated over 26,500 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Titan Farms, the largest peach grower on the east coast, created the Peaches with a Purpose program to help feed the underserved while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States. The program spanned four weeks in July and August and encompassed 150 Harris Teeter stores in the Carolinas. “We are excited to be the first retailer to participate in Peaches with a Purpose, “ said Catherine Becker, Communication Manager for Harris Teeter. “ Fresh produce is scarce in Food Banks across the country, and we are happy to be able to contribute nutritious items to those in need”.


LETTER CARRIERS The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is one of the largest in the country annually providing millions of pounds to food banks all over the country. Locally, with the help of AARP who provided bags that were delivered throughout our region, the Food Bank and our partner agencies received over 275,000 pounds of food in May just as we were heading into the summer months when school meals are missing and needs are high. Second Harvest wants to thank all of our letter carriers, AARP and everyone who took the time to leave bags of food at their mail boxes. Thanks to each of you we were able to feed many more hungry people throughout the summer!



On May 23rd, AARP and Latino Magazine sponsored NO MAS HAMBRE, a forum to discuss how to engage the Latino community in the fight against hunger. Held at the Shamrock Senior Center, Second Harvest CEO Kay Carter, joined other panelists including representatives from AARP and the Latino community to discuss ways in which we can reduce hunger among senior Latinos. Many thanks to AARP for their leadership on this issue and for donating $10,000 to the food bank to help us target hunger among the Latino population.


Second Harvest sponsors a Backpack Program in the Clover School District of York County. Looking for a way to feed the families of children who receive the backpacks during the school year through the summer, the Food Bank sponsored a series of three mobiles pantries at the Clover Resource Center. Monthly pantries were held on June 24th, July 29th and August 13th each serving around 100 families. The mobiles are helping to provide essential summer food to families in need when school meals are not available. We look forward to expanding this to new sites next summer!



For over 20 years, Yoko Ono and Legacy Fine Art and Productions have brought the “In My Life” exhibit across the United States as a way to honor John’s memory and to celebrate his messages of peace and love. The exhibit in Charlotte was held on May 3-5 and featured the theme “Imagine There’s No Hunger.”


Thanks to Electrolux, several of the Food Bank’s partner agencies now have sparkling new refrigerators. The refrigerators were provided specifically to agencies serving children and seniors in Gaston, Rutherford and York County. This amazing gift will help bring fresh produce and

In the spirit of John and Yoko’s benevolence, donations were taken at the door to help Second Harvest insure that hunger ends in the Metrolina

dairy to these agencies which will help them provide healthier diets for children and seniors. appreciate this support!


region. Many thanks to Yoko and Legacy for helping us accomplish this mission!

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND ENCOURAGES SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE The Dave Matthews Band has a real passion for locally grown food and for feeding those in need. At their concert on July 24th, their fans were encouraged to purchase custom basil seed packets. All of the funds collected, almost $2,600, will be used to purchase healthy foods for those who are hungry in partnership with Reverb and Grateful Growers in Denver, North Carolina. Many thanks to this amazing band for their commitment to feeding the hungry!




Thanks to Davidson United Methodist Church,

Since 2008, Woodforest National Bank has

Randy Marion and some generous anonymous donors, Second Harvest was able to purchase a

donated over 1.7 million dollars to food banks through the Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

new vehicle for our food rescue organization in

The managers in North and South Carolina have

Davidson. Volunteers under the direction of Dale Ensor, completely manage the CFR pick-ups and

supported Second Harvest for the past four years by providing funds for the backpack and mobile

deliveries in the Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius

pantry programs in counties where there are

and Mooresville areas.

branches of the bank.

The volunteers pick up food daily and deliver it to

To date, Woodforest has provided over $48,000 to

agencies the same day in Mecklenburg and Iredell

assist our efforts in the following counties: Anson,

counties. Many thanks to all of these partners who helped us raise the matching funds for the new

Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, and Stanly counties in North

truck which will help us feed more hungry people

Carolina, and Cherokee, Lancaster, Union and York

more efficiently.

counties in South Carolina. The funds provided supported our Backpack Program and our Second Helping Program. The Backpack Program provides backpacks full of nutritious, ready-to-eat foods for children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. The Second Helping Program provides supplemental boxes of nutritious foods for homebound seniors. Many thanks to our friends at Woodforest for helping us end child and senior hunger.





Recently US Airways announced a $57,000 gift to Second Harvest to support our Backpack Program and CFR Programs. Since 2006, US Airways has donated almost $300,000 to the Food Bank helping to feed thousands of hungry children, families and seniors. Several of the food bank’s trucks proudly display the US Airways logo along with a message that states “ Feed the Hungry with US.”. The “Do Crew”, US Airways’ Volunteer group, has donated countless hours both at the food bank and at our special events. Many thanks to US Airways for their commitment to our cause of ending hunger.

ELEVATION MAKES SURE SECOND HARVEST IS “FEELING THE LOVE” Starting in 2010, Elevation Church established Love Week to mobilize volunteers in a blitz of service to impact their community. The first year volunteers were encouraged to serve for one hour each. By 2012 this movement had grown to 50,000 donated hours. Love Week 2013 was held from July 13-21 and Elevation members devoted tens of thousands of hours to the community. These hours included 452 volunteers who donated over 1,300 hours at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. In addition, Elevation donated $20,000 to support the Food Bank’s efforts to end child hunger!




In May, Advocare announced that they were

Katie Levans created PlateShare’s micro-giving

providing $20,000 each to 20 different food banks across the country in celebration of their 20th

platform to change the way people approach charitable giving for hunger relief. The system

anniversary as a company.

The direct sales

integrates a micro-giving mobile application and

company was founded in 1993 and now has more than 260,000 independent distributors. “In

point of sale integration that makes fundraising for hunger relief organizations easy, accessible and

appreciation of the success we have enjoyed,

instant by rounding restaurant and grocery bills up

Advocare is proud to give back to the community in a big way through our $400,000 commitment to

to the nearest dollar and donating the change to help feed the hungry.

area food banks,” said Michael Wright, CEO and President of Advocare.

On August 12th, the PlateShare Team with the

Second Harvest was honored to be one of the

support of Jill and Bruce Hensley at Charlotte Restaurant Week presented Second Harvest with

twenty sites selected to receive a $20,000 donation.

the first ever PlateShare grant funded by micro donations via mobile application for $1,000.01 – a reminder to all of us that every penny counts.


Each year, the Marriott Center City hosts one of the Food Bank’s largest fundraisers, Empty Bowls. In addition they have continued to support Second Harvest with grants of almost $15,000 over the past several years. Many thanks to our friends at the Marriott for all of their support!



YWCA at Billingsville Elementary and YWCA at Southside recently opened new Kids CafĂŠ sites. Billingsville will provide nutritious meals and snacks for 45 children and will also be providing

NEW BACKPACK PROGRAM SUPPORTERS Many thanks to the following who just announced their support of the Backpack Program:

backpacks for children who need them.

The Teen Impact Fund at Foundation for the

Southside will be providing nutritious meals and

Carolinas provided a $2,850 grant to help us provide even more backpacks!

snacks to approximately 40 children by the time this issue of Blessings goes to print.

NEW HOPE BAPTIST STARTS BACKPACK PROGRAM IN CATAWBA COUNTY New Hope Baptist will be providing backpacks to Snow Creek Elementary in Catawba County. They plan to start with 20 children and will gradually increase distribution based on need within the school.

The Junior League of Charlotte recently

Many thanks to New Hope for helping us end child

announced a grant that will help us start a Backpack Program at Reid Park Elementary that

hunger in Catawba County!

will initially serve 50 children in need at that high poverty rate school! More information on this will follow in upcoming issues.


FOOD DRIVES Thanks to WBT’s John Hancock and Harris Teeter for sponsoring Peanut Butter N’ July. WBT reminded listeners of the importance of protein packed peanut butter to hungry children and families. Viewers rose to the occasion by purchasing almost 1,100 pounds at area Harris Teeter stores.

Mecklenburg Community Church continued their support of Second Harvest by raising almost 5,000 pounds during their April food drive. The church has been supporting the food bank for many years and to date have raised over 100,000 pounds to help us end hunger in our region.

Thanks to our friends at Dixon Hughes who hosted a peanut butter drive in June. They collected almost 2,400 pounds of peanut butter. We appreciate your support!

Mattress Firm locations in our area sponsored a food drive from April 15 – July 18. They asked customers to bring in 10 non-perishable food items to receive $50 off a purchase of $299 or more. Thanks to their efforts and their generous customers they collected 3,564 pounds of food!

Thanks to our friends at Life Touch who take school portraits. They offered a discount on senior portraits for students bringing in canned goods. As of press time they had collected almost 5,000 pounds. Thanks so much for this great idea!

If you or your organization would like to host a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, please contact Toni Morris at 704.376.1785 or


2012 - 2013 Report Card The Food Bank’s most recent fiscal year ended on June 30, 2013. The end of the year is always a time for us to reflect and see how well we did on achieving our primary goals. This year we went a step further and reviewed our progress since 2004. The chart below shows our performance in several key categories for 2012-2013 year, and for the past 10 years. We hope this information shows our donors the good faith effort we are making to spend every dollar donated wisely. We also hope it shows our commitment to the entire region as we work to end hunger in all 19 counties assigned to us. Should you have any questions or comments, or desire additional information about our progress, please contact Kay Carter at



Performance in 2012-2013

% Increase over last 10 years

Average increase per year

Pounds Distributed




Refrigerated Pounds




Volunteer Hours




Programs to End Child Hunger




Backpacks Distributed


3,141% *


Pounds from Food Drives




Mobile Pantries Conducted




Senior Programs


264% **


* Represents 7 Years of Growth ** Represents 8 Years of Growth

TARGET TARGET MEALS FOR MINDS CONTINUES THE IMPORTANT WORK OF FEEDING HUNGRY CHILDREN For the past several years, Target has provided grants to Second Harvest Food Bank that have allowed us to host monthly mobile pantries for students and their families at Albemarle Road and Shamrock Gardens Elementary Schools. During the 2012-2013 school year, 9 pantry distributions were held at each school. Over 152,000 pounds of food were provided and over 6,000 students were served during the year. Target recently announced that they would be providing a grant of $80,000 to continue these pantries for the 2013-2014 school year. Many thanks to our friends at Target for recognizing that children learn best when they are properly fed. We appreciate your support in helping us end child hunger in our community!

HARRIS TEETER HARRIS TEETER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT CHILD HUNGER EFFORTS WITH THEIR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Each year, Harris Teeter hosts an annual golf tournament with proceeds benefitting food banks throughout the states where they have stores. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has been a long time beneficiary of funds from this event. Recently we received almost $37,000 from Harris Teeter and their partners including Carolina Premium, Kellogg and Miller Coors. All of these funds will be used in our child hunger programs and we are very grateful for this amazing support!



Nationally, Vanguard has been raising food and funds to help end hunger for 17 years throughout the United States in areas where they have facilities. For the past several years, our Charlotte Vanguard Office has been hosting annual food drives for Second Harvest. They have been amazing every year but 2013 rose to new heights! The company collected canned goods and raised money to help purchase canned and boxed items. In addition this year they helped the food bank secure several loads of fresh produce by helping us offset transportation costs. By the time they were finished with 3 auctions, a hotdog lunch sale, competitions among managers who wore silly outfits, ice cream sales, lock ups for managers who had to raise bail funds, theme days and a penny war, they had helped secure over 235,000 pounds for Second Harvest. They are an inspiration to all of us here at the food bank and we are very grateful for their support!


Congratulations to Vanguard ! Our Food Drive Partner award winner for 4 consecutive years.

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