Food Access

Food Access FAQ's

Food Pantries / Backpack Programs FAQ's


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(Thanks to Carl Vierling, Executive Director of the Greater High Point Food Alliance for his assistance with the FAQ.)

Food Access

Where should one go to find out information on available food resources in High Point?

The Greater High Point Food Alliance has put together a resource guide of food pantries, community meals, community gardens, backpack programs, resources for seniors, and farmers markets that is available online at There is also a mobile app, the High Point Food Finder, for Apple and Android phones. Hard copies are available as well. Please call 336-899-0885.

How are senior food needs being addressed?

Several food pantries have programs that are designed to serve seniors. Senior Resources of Guilford, Inc. has several nutritional sites around the city that provide a hot meal to seniors. There are two programs that provide home delivery to seniors, Meals on Wheels, and Mobile Meals of High Point. Information on these programs can be found here.

What food pantries are more sensitive to immigrant and refugees?

The Latino Family Center at the YWCA of High Point has put together a list of organizations that are more in-tune with immigrant and refugee needs. The list can be found here.

What is the Community Resource Network and does it address food security?

Members of the Community Resource Network (CRN) include the Open Door Ministries, Macedonia Family Resource Center, Helping Hands, The Salvation Army of High Point, Ward Street Resource Center, and West End Ministries. The CRN was formed to serve different parts of High Point with each agency serving a specific geographic area. The concept was that patrons would begin to form relationships with one agency allowing the agency to do more to meet the deeper needs of the individual and their family. The CRN addresses food security by providing food to families in need.

What is Growing High Point?

Growing High Point transforms under-resourced neighborhoods through community engagement, empowerment, and entrepreneurship. Its major initiative is urban agriculture that transforms vacant lots in the core city into small farms by recruiting residents to be farm leaders. This micro-enterprise initiative has begun an online farm stand, Growing High Point Food Hub, where the community can order locally-grown and pesticide free produce. The farmers also sell at the farmers market at the Library on Saturdays.

Online orders are processed at the newly created food hub on Washington Street. Donated produce is also accepted at the food hub and redistributed to food pantries and community members. For more information, contact Victoria Hensley at 336-848-1516 or

Food Pantries / Backpack Programs

How are food pantries collaborating and communicating about available food resources?

The Community Resource Network (CRN) is a group of six food pantries/emergency assistance providers that meet monthly to share information and issues they are dealing with in the agencies. Second Harvest Food Bank has quarterly meetings with their partner food pantries. Finally, the Greater High Point Food Alliance works collaboratively with all the food providers sharing information and resources. If any of the food pantries have an abundance of food they share with other food pantries that have a need. Many of the larger food pantries will provide food to smaller food pantries in the area.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted food pantries? How can I help ameliorate these impacts?

Food pantries have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking assistance with some food pantries reporting that they have doubled the number of people served. While the demand has increased the amount of donated food has declined for a number of reasons including that several food drives have been cancelled and the amount of food available for donations has declined because of the amount of food that is available at local grocery stores. Food pantries are in need of financial donations, volunteers, and food donations.

How many food pantries utilize Second Harvest Food Bank?

There are 22 food pantries in the High Point area that are part of the Second Harvest Food Bank network.

How many backpack programs operate in High Point?

There are a number of backpack programs in the community with the two largest being the United Way of Greater High Point and Backpack Beginnings.

What type of information do food pantries require to get assistance?

Each food pantry determines the type of information that they require. Please contact the food pantry for additional information as it changes on occasion.

What criteria do food pantries use to determine eligibility?

Food pantries that receive The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) food from Second Harvest Food Bank follow the guidelines that are established by the USDA. For non-TEFAP food each food pantry establishes its own eligibility requirements. It is up to each food pantry to determine how often someone can come to their food pantry to receive assistance.

Are food pantries sharing information about clients?

Some members of the CRN share information about patrons that get assistance from their agency through a shared platform called Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). As patrons receive assistance their information is put into HMIS allowing member agencies to see who has received assistance and when they received the assistance.

How often can someone get food from a food pantry?

Each food pantry determines how often patrons can receive food from their pantry.



  • Dr. Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, recently published an editorial about food insecurity in the North Carolina.
  • The Hamilton Project has conducted research into the impacts of COVID-19 on food security.
  • Researchers at the University of Arkansas assessed the rates of food insecurity due to COVID-19. A summary report can be found here.
  • The Healthy Food Policy Project has collected local government food policies that support food access. The list can be found here.
  • The NC Poverty Research Fund recently conducted a study about food security in High Point and how the community has responded. The study can be found here.

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