Mission: Our mission is to feed the hungry by securing and distributing food and grocery products through regional agencies and Food Bank programs that provide services to the needy, ill, children and elderly in Northeast Tennessee.
Serving the Region-
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has led the effort to end hunger in the region since 1986 and is the only food bank serving Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties in our service area.
Hunger in Northeast Tennessee
2011 U.S. Census
98,292 live in poverty (1 out of every 5 residents) out of general population of 507,691.
Nearly 1 in 5 residents are food insecure – may not know where they will get their next meal.
More than 1 in 4 children under age 18 (29,474 children) live in poverty.
Meeting the Need for Food Assistance
Food is provided to over 45,00 people each month
Distributed 10.5 million pounds of food to hungry families and individuals
During fiscal year 2014. (Equivalent to 8.6 million meals)
Primary source of food for over 200 non-profit and/or faith-based organizations that feed people in need.
Food for Kids Backpack Program –
supplies a bag of ready-to-eat meals and snacks for children to take home from school every other weekend.
4,500 children served in 2014.
Summer Food Service Program and Lunch Express
– provides summer lunch to children. Over 1600 served in 2014.
Kids Café –
supplies free meals and snacks for non-profit organizations that serve at-risk children in an after-school setting.
12 sites serve between 600 – 800 children.
– Distribute food at seven school-affiliated sites assisting families in need.
Last year 2,726 families received food.
Mobile Food Pantry
- delivers food directly to people in need of food assistance in communities with little or no access to food.
1.5 million pounds distributed during FY 2014
How to Give Help
Make a monetary donation every $1 = 4.8 meals
Donate Food, hold or participate in a food drive
Advocate for hunger relief
Get your business involved
How to Get Help
Call the food bank (423)279-0430 or 211 for a referral to a pantry
or soup kitchen or visit
for a list of locations.
Hours of Operation
8:00 – 4:00 Monday – Friday