How Second Harvest Food Bank serves East Tenn.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) — The Second Harvest Food bank supplies 350 agencies across an 18 county area in East Tennessee with food that is canned, packaged or perishable.

Food is gathered from restaurants, grocery stores, cafeterias, local businesses, national businesses, through food drives, events and procurement.

That food is distributed from Second Harvest's 21,000 square foot warehouse facility in Knoxville.

The agencies that partner with the food bank provide emergency assistance in groceries to take home or meals served in group homes or soup kitchens.

Second Harvest runs several programs including:

  • Food for Kids – a collaborative effort with area schools
  • Kids Cafe – providing food for disadvantaged kids
  • Mobile Pantry – delivering food to local agencies
  • Knoxville Harvest – rescuing and preparing food from local restaurants
  • Abundant Life Kitchen – a collaborative program with Knox Area Rescue Ministries teaching culinary arts to adults

For $25, Second Harvest can feed one hungry person for a month.

For $50, it can provide one child with enough food to eat for every weekend during a school year.

Some of the food items typically needed for donations include: green beans, tuna, corn, peanut butter, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, chicken noodles and cereal.

You can donate online to Second Harvest when you click here.

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