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Vision, Mission and Core Values

The idea for Feeding the Carolinas originated in 2016 from a simple concept of finding the best way for all ten food banks in North and South Carolina to feed more hungry people.

With the assistance of Dr. Bob Kahle from the Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston, a well-known expert in non-profit mergers, and attorneys Steve Hope and Ben Hawfield from Charlotte’s Moore and VanAllen, we navigated the process of creating a strategic alliance between the North Carolina Association of Food Banks and the South Carolina Association of Food Banks.

The alliance was finalized in August of 2017 and is the only multi-state food bank association in the nation. Feeding the Carolinas established a strategic plan, which outlines our vision, mission and values.


Everyone in the Carolinas has equitable access to healthy food.


Engage, educate and unite to achieve food security for all in the Carolinas.



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.


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, using an open process and honest communication. We seek out and are responsive to the input and counsel of our partners.


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.


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.


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.

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