MARYVILLE (WATE) – Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee had their grand opening Wednesday for their new Nutrition Learning Center.
The new center was purchased through funding from Food network. It will offer food safety classes for agencies served by the food bank and the public. The food banks nutritionist, who is a registered dietitian, will also provide cooking demonstrations using food available through Second Harvest Food Bank.
“When you think about food it is something that we all need, but its not something that we all have access to or even understand what good nutritional food looks like,” said Lori Hickok, Chief Financial Officer at Scripps Networks. “I think with this new kitchen we will be able to educate the consumers.”‘
Second Harvest is the largest food hunger-relief charity in East Tennessee. They operate programs in 18 counties, serving 18 million pounds of food and grocery products each year through a network of more than 500 partners.
The food bank said often times it can be difficult for low-income families to get fresh, healthy food. In general, prepackaged foods are less expensive and easier to make, but they usually carry extra calories and sugar that can lead to obesity and other health problems.