SIE Achieves Philanthropic Accolade from Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina held the 2020 Partner Appreciation Awards Thursday, March 12th recognizing its partners for their commitment to helping end hunger in the Charlotte, North Carolina and Metrolina communities. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHMETROLINA) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. SHMETROLINA has been in existence since 1981. SHMETROLINA serves over 800 partner agencies including soup kitchens, emergency pantries, homeless shelters, senior programs, low-income daycares, veteran service organizations, and animal rescues in 24 counties in North and South Carolina.

Southeast Industrial Equipment wins Second Harvest Food Bank Partner AwardIn 2019 the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina had a list of accomplishments in 2019 that should not go without recognition:

  • Distributed over 60 million pounds of food and household items to their network of over 800 agency partners.
  • Distributed over 32 million pounds of fresh produce, dairy, meat & seafood. These are foods that low-income families need to stay healthy but struggle to afford.
  • Volunteers donated over 300,000 hours. This is the equivalent of 144 full-time positions with a labor cost savings of 7 million dollars.
  • 259 different programs were aimed at the ending of child hunger including backpack programs, kids cafe meal sites, and school-based mobile pantries.
  • The equivalent of 6.6 million pounds were collected in food and fund Drives.
  • Over 7.1 million pounds of food was distributed through 520 Mobile Pantries serving rural areas where poverty is high and resources are scare.

Here at Southeast Industrial Equipment, giving back to the communities that we serve is something we take great pride in. Each of our 10 branch locations throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia are encouraged to participate in several charitable activities from sponsoring events to volunteer time to collecting items to donate. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has recognized SIE as a 2019 New Partner Award Winner and we could not be more honored! In 2018 we were able to donate over 5,200 pounds of food and in 2019 we were able to donate an additional 3,000+ pounds by developing a friendly internal corporate competition to see what team could donate the most goods.

Southeast Industrial Equipment is honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing our partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in 2020 and the years to come.


11,000 Ways SIE Supports the Community

Charity donations

Southeast Industrial Equipment is a family owned organization that truly cares about its associates and the community. “When Southeast does well, our associates do well, and in turn, our community does well”, said by Cory Thorne, President of SIE. 2014 was a tremendous year for SIE; therefore, Cory and the Thorne family decided to give back to the community in a BIG way! Each associate was given $250.00 to donate to the charity of their choice. Associates were given the opportunity to donate within their local community or to any program they felt a sense of duty to.

The Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society, animal rescues, church programs, and camps for special needs children were just a few examples of charities chosen by our associates. One of our branches, Raleigh, collaborated and was able to donate $2,250.00 to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina! Organizations who received donations were over the moon and personally thanked not only Southeast Industrial Equipment, but also the associate who chose them for the donation. All of the associates who donated sent in a photograph of themselves handing off their gift to the program, these can be seen on our SIE Facebook page at

During fourth quarter of 2014, SIE donated over $11,000 alone to charities and programs in an effort to increase awareness for those in need. Not only does the Thorne family care about its associates, they care about the communities around the Southeast and how they can positively impact their growth.  Southeast Industrial Equipment encourages you to go out and donate, whether it’s an hour of your time, monetary, or goods to a cause that you truly believe in. In 2015, SIE plans to continue donating to charities all around the Southeast and give to those programs that are eager for our support.