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Participate in Hunger Action Month and Help Solve Hunger

Second Harvest NETN Food Bank Director, Rhonda Chafin with Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken

Second Harvest NETN Food Bank Director, Rhonda Chafin with Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken

Participate in Hunger Action Month and Help Solve Hunger


By Bob Aiken, Feeding America CEO

Nearly 49 million Americans struggle with hunger. These Americans live in every single county and congressional district in the U.S. Hunger is a real issue in America – and a major one at that. Yet, it doesn’t have to be. If we work together as a nation, we can solve hunger.

That’s why Feeding America created Hunger Action Month™, which takes place each September. Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. The campaign brings greater attention to hunger in the U.S. and promotes ways for people everywhere to get involved in the movement to fight it.

You can help mobilize your community and get involved by taking any or all of the actions below.

Take Action Online:

  • TURN ORANGE FOR HUNGER RELIEF™ by making your Facebook and Twitter profiles orange on Hunger Action Day, Thursday, September 4th
  • DONATE your status and share your local hunger statistics on Facebook and Twitter.
  • LIKE & FOLLOW Feeding America and your local food bank on social media.
  • PLEDGE your support for the more than 1 in 5 kids in the United States who face hunger by signing Feeding America’s Feeding a Strong Future pledge.
  • INVITE your Member of Congress to visit a child feeding program of your local food bank. Congressional visits shine a spotlight on the role food banks play in solving child hunger.

Take Action In Your Community:

  • TURN ORANGE FOR HUNGER RELIEF™ by wearing orange on Hunger Action Day. Share a pic of your orange style socially with @FeedingAmerica and use the hashtag #HungerAction.
  • VOLUNTEER at your local food bank and be part of the hunger-relief solution. Share a pic of your volunteer experience with @FeedingAmerica via social media and use the hashtag #HungerAction

We can all do our part to solve hunger. This September, do you part by participating in Hunger Action Month. Visit to get involved.


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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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Help Johnson City stay in the lead for $1 Million

We are currently in 1st place to win $1 MILLION to feed the hungry in Johnson City and the surrounding area from Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together Campaign. Everyone can help! Vote now and EVERY DAY through April 30. Voters get chance to win one of 3 prizes: 2 Sets ZAC BROWN Tickets (Greenville, SC – May 10th) , Apple iPad . Only 200 communities were selected Nationwide as eligible to benefit from the campaign. Community selection was based on poverty statistics for Metropolitan Statistical Area census. Please click the link below to help now:
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Campaigns


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HEAT or EAT? Families Shouldn’t Have to Make the Choice


The need for food assistance increases during the winter months as many families and individuals struggle to make the choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table.

In a national study of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recipients, 30% reported going without food for at least one day, 41% went without medical or dental care, 33% did not fill a prescription or took less than a full dose of their medication and 25% had someone in the home who became sick because the home was too cold. Source:  The National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, 2009 National Energy Assistance Survey.

Over 200 partner agencies work with your local Food Bank to help ease this burden by providing food and groceries to people in need.  Whether it is a can of food, an hour of your time, or a monetary donation, your support helps us fight hunger in Northeast Tennessee!

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, contact the Food Bank or view our website for a list of partner agencies that can assist you. If you know someone in need of heating assistance, the local contact is the Upper East TN Human Development Agency (UETHDA).


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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Help us Create a Holiday Wish List to Fight Hunger!

Second Harvest is asking you (our great supporters/volunteers) to help us create a holiday wish list to fight hunger.  Help us come up with a creative list by sharing your ideas with us.

Think big—what would you like to see happen for hunger relief in 2012? These questions might help get you started:

  • What should Congress do to end hunger?
  • What would be the biggest help for food banks?
  • How cand YOU – individual Americans – make a difference?
  • What should corporate America do to help?

These ideas may be the start of something big. Help Second Harvest start the New Year off right!

Thank you!

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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


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End of Year Help Greatly Appreciated!

Dear Friends,

Second Harvest needs your help to make sure that Northeast Tennessee families and individuals who struggle with hunger receive enough food this winter. On the average over 37,000 people depend on the Food Bank every month. The need is especially great this time of year. We greatly appreciate your help.


Make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one. Second Harvest will send a card to the individual or family letting them know that you have given the gift of food to the hungry.

Sponsor a child. Over 4,000 chronically hungry children have been identified as not having enough food  to eat in the home. You can provide the food they need to thrive through the Food Bank’s Food  for Kids Backpack program. Your gift of $93 will provide one  child with a bag of nutritious snacks and easy to prepare meal items to take home from school every other weekend. Your help is needed so no child goes hungry. Specify your donation is for Food for Kids. 

TRIPLE YOUR GIVING at and select your local food bank. For every $1 you give Bank of America donates $2. This is a limited time offer.

Remember time’s almost up for tax write-offs. Your gift to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee will help feed families, seniors and individuals in need of food assistance now and into the new year. Thank you for your support!       

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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Uncategorized


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