Hurricane Florence Relief

Florence Response

Since our recovery efforts began, SHFB has distributed just over 2 million pounds of disaster relief products throughout southeast North Carolina.  At an operation cost of $0.24 per pound, this effort cost the food bank more than $480,000. While this expense does not include temporary staff, rented vehicles, transportation, nor supplies, we have provided more than $3.3 million in retail value of relief supplies.

SHFB relief efforts will continue over the next several months working closely with local long-term recovery community partners.

In the month following Florence, we received invaluable support from our sister food banks across the country. Individuals lent their expertise and compassion to our staff to help us meet the needs of the community and operate to our highest potential.

  • All Faiths Food Bank (Sarasota, FL)
  • City Harvest (New York, NY)
  • Feeding America (Chicago, IL)
  • MANNA Food Bank (Asheville, NC)
  • Oregon Food Bank (Portland, OR)
  • Second Harvest Community Food Bank (St. Joseph, MO)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
  • Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (Hampton, VA)

Media Spotlight: Recovery Efforts

Most needed items for a food drive

To host a food drive, contact patricia.jackson@actionpathways.ngo.

Honor Roll

Thank you to the following donors helping us grow forward beyond the storm

Anonymous Trust

Archer Daniels Midland

Barnhill Foundation


Cumberland Community Foundation

Feeding America

Food Lion

Foundation of the Carolinas


John William Pope Foundation

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund



Special Thanks to

Hamana Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, PWC Charitable Foundation, TJX Foundation, United Airlines, Visa Foundation and Walmart Foundation for their commitment to supporting federal employees and others in our communities affected by the partial government shutdown in early 2019.

Fueled by Volunteers

Many areas throughout our seven counties were devastated by Florence. In the month immediately following the hurricane, volunteers logged over 3100 hours. Thank you!

Though our community is now over six months post-disaster, we still see people dealing with the aftermath and remind our friends that recovery is a journey.  The Food Bank has plenty of opportunities to drop in and help as your schedule allows, and we’re welcoming of corporate, school and family groups. Volunteers are welcome to purchase a special shirt to show their community spirit; funds help the food bank in its recovery efforts.

To volunteer, call us today: 910-485-6923, or email julia.morales@actionpathways.ngo.

Our Story FEED

Learn more about our efforts to help southeastern NC following Hurricane Florence. Click an article to the right to read our impact stories, from the warehouse and on the ground.

Fighting Florence, One Mobile Pantry at a Time

With seven counties in its service area, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina is on the ground, wheels traveling in all directions. The same areas hit hard during Hurricane Matthew two years ago are severely damaged again – and now with more added to the list. READ MORE >

At left, a time lapse of the hurricane, as recorded by the National Weather Service and reported online by ABC11

Above, images of conditions throughout southeastern North Carolina show the damages in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Florence. With seven counties in our service area, the food bank is doing all we can to support the relief efforts of our partners.

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