Mission: Our mission is to feed the hungry by securing and distributing food and grocery products to regional agencies that provide services to the needy, ill, children and elderly.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has led the effort to end hunger in Northeast Tennessee for 27 years, and is the only food bank serving the eight-county region incorporating Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. Over 200 regional non-profit or faith-based organizations rely on Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee for their food needs. In addition to serving its agencies, Second Harvest administers programs that directly serve individuals and families at risk for hunger and malnutrition.
In Fiscal Year 2013, the Food Bank distributed 8.8 million pounds of food to hungry families and individuals in Northeast Tennessee (equivalent to over 7.3 million meals) through its partner agencies, programs and services. Food is currently provided for an average of 40,000 people per month. Since 2007, Second Harvest has seen a 56% increase in the number of households requiring emergency food assistance.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee was established as the “Tri-Cities Food Bank” in 1986. The first truck was donated and food was stored at Bell Ridge School, Kingsport and agencies started receiving food. 86,000 pounds of food were distributed. The Food Bank moved to a location in Elizabethton, Tennessee in 1990 and the name was changed to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. Food Bank Certification was obtained from America’s Second Harvest (now Feeding America) in 1994. During 1997, a capital campaign enabled the Food Bank to build a new warehouse in Gray, Tennessee where the Food Bank is currently located.
The Food Bank has grown steadily every year to meet the increased need for food assistance in Northeast Tennessee. Warehouse capacity has expanded to its current level of food storage and over seven million pounds of food are now being distributed each year. In addition programs have been added to address unmet need in the eight county region.