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  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.

During 2014 the food bank received and distributed over 10.3 million pounds of food.

Food was provided to over 40,000 people each month through 213 partner agencies and food bank programs that provide food assistance to people in need in the Northeast Tennessee region.

The Food for Kids Backpack Program provided 4,600 at-risk children with take-home snacks.

Our Summer Food Service program served 31,878 meals and 2,571 snacks to 1,586 children at 44 sites

The Mobile Food Pantry distributed 1.5 million pounds of food to needy individuals and families, the highest distribution of any Food Bank Program.

  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.

School Pantries – 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

·          Volunteer

·          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.

  Second Harvest Hours of Operation

8:00 – 4:00 Monday – Friday




Hungry? Find Food.

The Food Bank works with partner agencies to distribute food throughout the area. Find an agency near you that can help.

Virtual Food Drive





Privacy Policy:  We respect your privacy. Second Harvest has a long-standing policy of not selling, trading or distributing the names of our donors.  Second Harvest is firmly committed to maintaining donor privacy.  However, please note that Second Harvest cannot ensure your privacy by other websites linked to this site.

The Feeding America logo is a registered trademark or trademark of Feeding America in the U.S. and certain other countries and is used under license.  Some Second Harvest Food Bank Programs are registered trademarks of Feeding America including: 30 ways in 30 days, BackPack Program, Hunger Action Month, Hunger in America Kids Café, School Pantry, Summer Food and Together we can Solve Hunger.