Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s Food Bank Network.
There are five food banks in the state of Tennessee that are affiliated with Feeding America.
• The Food Bank provides food to hungry children, seniors living on a fixed income, individuals and families in need through Food Bank agencies.
• Northeast Tennessee counties served include: Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington.
• Population: over 475,000
• Area: nearly 3,000 square miles
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee was established as the “Tri-Cities Food Bank” in 1986. The first truck was donated and food was stored at Bell Ridge School, Kingsport and agencies started receiving food. 86,000 pounds of food were distributed. The Food Bank moved to a location in Elizabethton, Tennessee in 1990 and the name was changed to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. Food Bank Certification was obtained from America’s Second Harvest (now Feeding America) in 1994. During 1997 a capital campaign enabled the Food Bank to build a new warehouse in Gray, Tennessee where the Food Bank is currently located.
The Food Bank has grown steadily every year to meet the increased need for food assistance in Northeast Tennessee. Warehouse capacity has expanded to its current level of food storage and over seven million pounds of food are now being distributed each year. In addition programs have been added to address unmet need in the eight county region.