About Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. SHFBM 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 19 counties - 14 counties in North Carolina including Anson, Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly and Union. We serve 5 counties in South Carolina including Cherokee, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York. To see facts about each county, click county on the map below.
SHFBM provides food for over 700 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.
SHFBM annually distributes over 50 million pounds of food and other household items throughout our 19 county service region. 17.5 million pounds of our annual distribution is fresh produce, meat and dairy.
18.3% of our service area population, over 527,000 people, live in poverty including over 188,000 children and almost 40,000 seniors. Our emergency pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters continue to report significant increases in requests for assistance over last year.
Where Our Food Comes From
Approximately 75% of the food we distribute is donated, 10% is purchased and approximately 15% of the food comes from government commodities.
How We Distribute Food
We distribute food through our main warehouse in Charlotte and through branches in Hickory (Catawba County), Dallas (Gaston County), and Spartanburg (Spartanburg County).