Shortcut Navigation:

News And Events

  • News And Events
    • Events
    • News
    • Blog


WCQR and Second Harvest Food Bank

ask for Donations to Feed Local Hungry Families

 through ‘Project Thanksgiving’


WCQR, 88.3 Radio is proud to announce it has teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Gray, TN for the seventh year in a row to launch “Project Thanksgiving”, a charity initiative that will provide entire Thanksgiving meals for 6,000 families in our area.


The need is great – according to Second Harvest Food Bank and most recent census data there are 101,253 people living in poverty in Northeast Tennessee and as many as 1 out of 4 children are food insecure.  


On Thursday, November 13th, 88.3 WCQR Christian Radio will host an all day on-air fundraiser asking their listeners as well as area businesses and churches to sponsor boxes of food that will feed an entire Thanksgiving meal to a needy family in our area. A donation of $25 provides a Thanksgiving feast for a family in need. Turkey with all the trimmings…beans, corn, potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, Macaroni and cheese, rolls, dessert and more.  WCQR is also including a Bible in each box. 


Donations are currently being accepted online at or at or by calling at (423) 279-0430. The deadline to donate is November 13 so that the food can be distributed in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Mike Perry, General Manager of 88.3 WCQR, says the station’s listeners are excited to give to Project Thanksgiving. “Our listeners actually call us weeks in advance of Project Thanksgiving asking how they can help the thousands of hungry families in East Tennessee. We look forward to once again being able to share God’s love with thousands of the neediest people in our community by being able to serve them a Thanksgiving meal and share with them a copy of God’s Word.”


Rhonda Chafin agrees. “Project Thanksgiving is a blessing that touches the lives of many families in Northeast Tennessee that may not otherwise have a holiday meal for Thanksgiving. We appreciate the outpouring of support from WCQR and their listeners over the past six years in helping feed people in need in our region.”


WCQR and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee will be hosting a press conference to answer questions the media may have regarding Project Thanksgiving on Monday, October 27th at 10 AM at Second Harvest Food Bank. The Food Bank is located at 1020 Jericho Drive off Exit 63 on 1-81.


Mike Perry and Rhonda Chafin will also be available for media interviews regarding Project Thanksgiving until Thursday, November 13th. To schedule an interview, contact Kathy Smith or Hannah Ayers using the contact information above.


Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Announces a Voluntary Recall of Peanut Butter October 10, 2014

Second Harvest Food Bank has issued a voluntary recall of 12 ounce jars of peanut butter included in bags of food distributed by Second Harvest through the school systems within   Carter, Greene, Unicoi, Johnson, Hancock, Hawkins, Sullivan and Washington counties within the last two weeks.  The recall comes after a report of a foreign object found in a jar of peanut butter.  

We believe this is an isolated incident, but the safety of those we serve is our primary concern; therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we feel we need to recall this product. We are asking that every parent of a child who receives a bag of food through The Food For Kids Backpack Program return the jar of peanut butter to your school. The Food Bank does not believe a physical contaminate in the peanut butter is a wide spread issue; however, we want to use extreme caution and have every jar returned to us.

The peanut butter was purchased by Second Harvest to be included in the bags of food for the Food for Kids Backpack Program.  This was the only means of distribution in Northeast Tennessee for this particular of peanut butter. 


In Southwest Virginia this product was distributed through Feeding America Southwest Virginia.  The 12oz. Peanut Butter packed by Kroger private label was distributed June through August through participating pantries and children’s programs in Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell, Grayson, Washington and Smyth counties.  








  donate now

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.