There Are Many Ways to Help Fight Hunger

ImageBecause of the giving nature of Northeast Tennessee citizens, the Food Bank is able to serve 38,000 individuals on a monthly basis.  We are also able to ensure that more than 4,100 children that are labeled as “chronically hungry” have nutritious food and snacks through our Food for Kids program

The Food Bank is grateful to all of our supporters who give their time, money, food or their voice to the effort of hunger relief. 

Even though September was Hunger Action Month, we thought that this blog post by Aimee Fortney was still appropriate.  The Food Bank greatly appreciates our volunteers and their commitment to service. 

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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Student Food Drive Promotes Charity And Student Development

The Food Bank began its 5th annual Student Food Drive on October 2, 2012 with a Kick-Off Party for participating students.

Students and Advisors from area high schools have signed up to hold food drives and help raise food to feed people in the region with a food drive that runs from October 2 to November 8.  High school students challenge each other to participate in this challenge to receive cash awards based on school population and the amount of pounds of food collected per student.

The Student Food Drive accomplishes two goals – to participate in the immediate effort of collecting food and donating it to the Food Bank; and, to encourage young people to either start or enhance their commitment to volunteer service.  The Food Drive develops student leadership by challenging them to raise food, collect money to purchase food, and then find a way to deliver the food to the Food Bank. Last year over 38,000 pounds of food was collected by high school students in the region.

Supporters of the Food Bank are encouraged to support their local school’s efforts.  All high schools in the eight-county region that still wish to participate are encouraged to contact the Food Bank at (423)477-4053, x. 224 or to sign up.




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Larger Facility Will Help Food Bank in Meeting Long-Term Goals


The Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee announced at 11 AM on Friday, July 13, 2012 the purchase of a larger warehouse facility to accommodate the region’s critical need for food assistance.  The new headquarters is at 1027 Jericho Drive, off of I-81 at Exit 63 and is centrally located for the convenience of the Food Bank’s eight-county service area.

According to Executive Director Rhonda Chafin, the move is a key component of the Food Bank’s strategic plan.  “Simply put, the Food Bank has outgrown its current space.  In addition, the Food Bank has seen a 52 percent increase since 2007 in the number of households requiring emergency and supplemental food assistance, and the new facility will allow us to ensure that all of our partner agencies can effectively provide nutritious food to our most vulnerable individuals and families. “

Other benefits of the new location are that the Food Bank’s 200 partner agencies will have access to a larger inventory of food product, and the warehouse staff will be better equipped to accommodate the partner agencies.  The new facility will allow the organization to save funds by taking advantage of additional donated and purchased food.  Also, the new facility will allow for the formation of new programs and services to assist individuals receiving food assistance on a monthly basis. 

Some renovations will be needed to equip the new location for operations.  A cost-effective building renovation is being planned and includes a combination of in-kind donations and contracted work.  The Food Bank plans to secure financial support for these projects through private donations and other funding sources.  The relocation will take place sometime during Fiscal Year 2013.



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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Join Feeding America for a VIRTUAL TOWN HALL meeting today

Image Virtual Town Hall. Please be sure to join us (and invite your supporters) for a virtual town hall to discuss the latest Farm Bill news and talk about what we need to do to ensure the next Farm Bill protects and strengthens programs like TEFAP and SNAP.  Join Feeding America, Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, and other special guests on June 18 at 1:30 ET for an interactive conversation about the importance of a strong Farm Bill. Go to for more information.

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that guides and authorizes funding for most federal food and farm policies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  Every five years, Congress votes to reauthorize funding the Farm Bill.  Anti-hunger advocates and hunger-relief organizations are closely watching this year’s reauthorization debate, as efforts are underway to either drastically cut some programs and/or completely eliminate them.

The most known programs in this debate are the SNAP and Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) - two programs that affect Americans earning below the poverty line.  In FY 2011, 45 million Americans received SNAP and 777 million pounds of food was distributed nationally through TEFAP.  In the eight county service area of Second Harvest, 99,473 individuals receive SNAP.

The US Senate is the first house of Congress to debate the legislation, and numerous amendments have been offered to either cut or eliminate SNAP and TEFAP.  In fact, the Senate recently defeated one such amendment that would have redistributed SNAP funding into block grants and eliminated TEFAP.  The amendment was defeated by a solid bi-partisan vote of 65-33. The US House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on these programs on Monday, June 18, 2012.

Urge your members of Congress to support programs such as SNAP and TEFAP that help many Tennesseeans and Americans who earn below the poverty line.

Farm Bill 2012: Key Legislation Impacts Millions of Americans

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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Feeding America and the Ad Council Unveil New PSAs to Help

ConAgra Foods Foundation Funds Nationwide Awareness Campaign “Summer Isn’t Fun When You Are Hungry”  New public service advertisements (PSAs) released today by Feeding America and the Ad Council are designed to raise awareness of where families across the country can find free and nutritious meals for their children during the summer months  when school isn’t in session.  Entitled Summer Isn’t Fun When You Are Hungry the PSAs draw attention to the startling statistic that though more than 21 million children receive free and reduced price meals during the school year, only 2 million children access free meals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Programs in the summer.

“During the school year millions of children rely on free or reduced-priced school lunches. During the summer months, however, many parents don’t know where to turn to find that support. Lack of access to those meals means our children are spending their summer days thinking about food instead of enjoying everyday summer activities and adventures,” said Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, “We have the programs to support this need, but we need to let our community know about them.”

The emotionally charged PSAs  leverage  TV, radio and outdoor advertisements in an effort to direct families in need to contact their local food bank for help or visit to find more information on the program in their area. The campaign was created by San Francisco – based ad agency Cutwater, with production and distribution funded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation, Feeding America’s Leadership Partner in the fight to end child hunger. The ConAgra Foods Foundation has been the first to fund many Feeding America initiatives, including the national expansion of the afterschool program “Kids’ Café,” “Map the Meal Gap” county-level child hunger data, and the expansion of the summer food service program “Hunger Free Summer”.

Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council, added: – “These PSAs will enable Feeding America food banks in Northeast Tennessee to provide families seamless access to meals throughout the summer months. We encourage media to support them so millions of children in can ‘stop worrying about food, and start focusing on fun’ this summer.”

This PSA campaign highlights the harsh reality that millions of children aren’t sure where they’ll get their next meal when the final school bell rings.  The PSAs clearly make the point that “summer isn’t fun when you’re hungry” by showing children sitting out of normal summer activities because they are hungry, wishing that they were back in school so that they could get a regular meal.

To view and share the new PSAs click here.

“As a father, I can’t imagine kids who would rather be in school or couldn’t participate in the simple joys of summer because they were hungry. Yet so many do,” said Chuck McBride, Founder and Executive Creative Director at Cutwater. “This simple, compelling truth was the foundation of our execution. All we had to do is tell that story and keep it real.”

Per the Ad Council model, the localized PSAs will run and air in advertising time that is donated by the media. These PSAs are part of the national Hunger Prevention campaign, which has received more than $135 million worth of donated media since its launch in November 2008. The campaign aims to increase the social consciousness of hunger in the U.S., while diminishing the stereotypes about those who are hungry in America.

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Uncategorized




On Saturday, May 12, The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) held their Annual Food Drive called “Stamp Out Hunger”. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support received from the Northeast Tennessee community during the 2012 NALC Food Drive.

Over 100,000 pounds of food was collected during the food drive to help feed people in need in our region. The Food Bank thanks everyone who made a donation to the Food Drive.

We also want to thank the following groups who made the food drive a success:

  • AARP for supplying bags and helping promote the food drive
  • Local letter carriers for delivering cards and bags before the drive and collecting the food during their regular mail deliveries, and 
  • The great volunteers who helped collect the food.


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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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