“We are pleased to be able to offer more nutritious, fresh produce to people who rely on food pantries for assistance."
-- Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director
Thanks to a Grant from the Walt Disney Company and Feeding America -
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is distributing more nutritious produce this year thanks to a grant from The Walt Disney Company and Feeding America.
Distributing more produce is a goal of Second Harvest. It is readily available and also increases the nutritional value of food distributions. Since receiving The Walt Disney Company and Feeding America grant in March, 2016 over 1,570,783 pounds of produce was distributed, a 28% increase over the same time period during 2015. The Walt Disney Company and Feeding America Grant provided funds for the food bank to handle produce more efficiently through the purchase of refrigeration equipment, electric pallet jacks and a new lift gate for one of the food bank trucks. Produce is donated from large farms, small farms, retail stores and even home gardeners and some of it is shipped to the food bank from other areas of the country.
It’s not always easy for food bank agencies to pick up and store produce to give out during their distributions. To address this, the food bank added ‘Fresh Produce Drops’. If a food bank agency doesn’t have the capacity to pick up and store enough produce to give out to clients, the food bank delivers a quantity of produce to the agency on their days of distribution. Produce is also distributed on the food bank’s mobile food panty to over 45 sites each month. The result is an increase of over 350,000 pounds of produce distributed since receiving The Walt Disney Company and Feeding America grant during March, 2016 increasing food bank distribution to over 10.8 million pounds of food.
“The Walt Disney Company and Feeding America grant has supported the development and operational execution of our Strategic Produce Plan,” said Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.
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OUR MISSION is to feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee by securing and distributing food and engaging our community in the fight to end hunger through regional partnerships, programs, and education.
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Food Donations and Distribution
The Food Bank Distributed 10.2 million pounds of food equivalent to 8.5 million meals* during FY 2015 through 228 agency partners and food bank programs. * Using current USDA pound-to-meal conversion factor: 1 meal = 1.2 lbs. *Second Harvest has seen a 10% growth annually in food distribution over the last four years.
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Mission: To feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee by securing and distributing food and engaging our community in the fight to end hunger through regional partnerships, programs and education.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has led the effort to end hunger in the region since 1986. Second Harvest is the only food bank serving the eight-county region incorporating Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties.
The food bank is a member of the Feeding America Network (www.feedingamerica.org) Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that relies solely on the support of community members and grants. Your money works! For every dollar donated the food bank can supply enough food for 3.5 meals.
Feeding America is a registered trademark or trademark of Feeding America in the U.S. and certain other countries and is used under license. For more information visit www.feedingamerica.org
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, 1020 Jericho Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663 Phone: (423)279-0430 Fax: (423)279-0590 email: email@example.com