Winter and Spring Events - 2014
January 26 - Feb 2 - Annual Ice Bowl Fundraiser by Lakefront Disc Golf Club
March 20 - Regional Business After Hours for area Chamber Members at The Food Bank : 5:30 - 7:00
April 12 - Annual Junior League Food Drive at Northeast Tennessee Food City Stores
April 28 - Food Bank Golf Classic at Blackthorn Club, Jonesborough Tee time is 1:00 - Pre-registration required. Call (423)279-0430 for details.
May 10 - Letter Carrier's Food Drive - Donate non-perishable food at your mailbox.
NEWS: SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK
GRAND OPENING OF NEW FACILITY DECEMBER 12, 2013
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee held the official grand opening and ribbon cutting of their new facility at 1020 Jericho Drive, Kingsport, TN on December 12, 2013. The project to expand the Food Bank began in 2012 and was recently completed. The new facility is located off I-81 at Exit 63. The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce opened the event with a ribbon cutting and welcome to Kingsport. The Dobyns Bennett Junior ROTC, local dignitaries and legislators, Food Bank Partner Agencies, Board, Staff and volunteers also attended and helped with the ribbon cutting. After the ribbon cutting, attendees enjoyed lunch donated by Darden Restaurants including Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden and Red Lobster.
Attending the Grand Opening was Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken who served as the guest speaker. (See a Biography on Bob at the end of this Press Release.) “This new food bank warehouse will have an incredible impact on hunger in the region,” said Bob Aiken, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America. “Not only will the larger modern facility enable the Second Harvest Food Bank to provide more meals to people who need it, it will also give them the space to develop programs and services to help strengthen food security in communities across Northeast Tennessee.”
Donors to the Food Bank’s Building Campaign were recognized during the event by Rhonda Chafin, Food Bank Executive Director and Matt Wimberley, President of the Food Bank’s Board of Directors.
“We could not have accomplished the relocation without the support and interest of the Northeast Tennessee community,” stated Rhonda Chafin, Food Bank Executive Director.
Donors receiving recognition included; The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their donation of $250,000. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States assisting low-income and vulnerable individuals and families through nonprofit grants to direct-service providers and programs. The Walmart Foundation donated a total of $210,000 through their Walmart State Giving funds. Their donations helped make the Freezer Project and the Food Sorting Room possible. A donation of $200,000 from The Good Steward Foundation, A James and Laura Rogers Charity, The John Deere Foundation, donation of $50,000, Eastman Chemical Company, donation of $50,000,The Kennametal Foundation, donation of $25,000, Roderick and Kathleen Baty, donation of $15,000,The City of Kingsport, donation of $10,000,The United Way of Greater Kingsport donation of $10,000, donation by Jim and Gana Dunlop in honor of Margot and Bunky Seay for $10,000, Charles E. and Mary Elizabeth Scripps Foundation $10,000,Eastman Credit Union - $5,000, Clarinda Jeanes - $5,000, Mr. & Mrs. Ware Mitchell- $5,000, Scott M. Niswonger - $5,000, Ferguson Enterprises - $5,800 In-Kind Kitchen Equipment, Keller Glass - $5,400 In-Kind and JA Street & Associates - $6,200 In-Kind.
In addition a check for $159,000 was presented by WCQR of their Project Thanksgiving Funds raised during November.
Food Bank Board President, Matt Wimberley told the group that based on projections of meeting the anticipated need for food assistance now and in the future the Food Bank needs to be able to handle 11,450 pounds of food annually by the year 2017. Food Bank Board of Directors determined that a larger facility was necessary. Second Harvest sold their 25,000 square foot facility in Gray and has moved to the new 112,000 square foot facility to help meet the growing need for food assistance.
2013 was a year of significant growth and change for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. During the year over 8.8 million pounds of food was given out to hungry families and individuals in the region. That is equivalent to over 7.3 million meals. And over 40,000 people were fed each month with food from Second Harvest. The need for food continues to grow and that is why we are here today.