ABOUT FEEDING THE CAROLINAS
Who We Are
Feeding the Carolinas is a strategic alliance of the nine food banks and one food recovery organization in North and South Carolina who also belong to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity. Feeding the Carolinas is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable nonprofit organization.
Our member services include:
- Multi-state networking and communication
- Raising food and funds for our food banks
- Public policy participation and analysis
- Public awareness about hunger issues
What We Do
Feeding the Carolinas collect surplus food from manufacturers, producers, stores, distributors, and farmers. We also save food that might otherwise be thrown away while many of our hungry neighbors go without food. In FY 2016, our food bank members distributed almost 253 million pounds of nutritious food, the equivalent of over 210 million meals to Carolinians in need.
Carolinas’ food banks also receive many food donations from businesses and individuals. In addition, our member food banks also receive widespread financial support from individuals, foundations, companies, and through bequests. Those donations allow us to purchase additional food items such as fresh produce to supplement donated food. We find, store, and distribute food and grocery items that help people in poverty, as well as victims of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, acts of terrorism, and floods.
Collectively, our food banks work in all of the Carolina’s 146 counties with over 3,700 charitable community partners who serve our neighbors in need. Our partners include:
- Church pantries
- Soup kitchens
- Shelters for the homeless or abused women and children
- Child care facilities for low-income children
- Senior Meal programs
- After School programs
Engage, educate and unite to achieve food security for all in the Carolinas.
Everyone in the Carolinas has equitable access to healthy food.
RESPECT – We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with equality and compassion. We honor the lives, concerns, and stories of people in need and expect our partners to do the same. We accept one another and encourage diversity of thoughts and ideas.
STEWARDSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY – We keep faith with the public trust through the efficient and compassionate use of resources entrusted to us and are mindful that our mission is accomplished through the generosity of others. We maintain and communicate accurate and timely information on hunger research, education, advocacy, and service. We evaluate and account regularly for how resources are used to implement and achieve our mission.
COLLABORATION – We believe in the power of community. We collaborate and build strong relationships, based on trust, with and among those who share our vision of creating a hunger-free Carolinas. We work together to accomplish the vision at local levels, valuing each other’s roles and using an open process and honest communication. We seek out and are responsive to the input and counsel of our partners.
PASSION – We operate with an acute sense of passion that reflects the immediate needs of hungry people. We challenge our employees, volunteers, and partners to embrace the same sense of urgency to accomplish our shared vision.
SERVICE – We believe service to others is fundamental to creating a hunger-free Carolinas. We serve with excellence, compassion, and responsiveness to meet the needs of those with whom we work, internally and externally. The better we serve, the more people we bring together in the commitment to our vision.
INTEGRITY – We act with honesty, trust, and openness and deliver on commitments. We act within the spirit of agreements, contracts, and the law. Our intentions and actions will be transparent and above reproach.