September is Hunger Action Month, I’m joining with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to fight against hunger.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee was founded in 1978 with a mission of feeding hungry people and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee. Second Harvest has a network of over 490 Partner Agencies working together to provide food resources to 46 counties, serving 249,100 individuals each year.
Second Harvest receives donated food from grocery stores, individuals, retailers, manufacturers and more. These donations are then sorted and repacked for distribution to partner agencies. Over 9 million pounds of food are rescued from grocery stores each year.
Volunteers are key to the success of Second Harvest. Volunteers donate their time to help in the distribution process as well as other areas to help give hope to those in need. There are daily volunteer opportunities of sorting and packing food donations, preparing BackPacks for hungry children, assisting with special events and administrative support. Find out how you can get more involved here.
With more than 1 million Tennesseans at risk of hunger every day, Second Harvest works hard to reach as many individuals as possible covering 750,000 rescuing and delivering food last year. Their programs include an At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program, BackPack, Emergency Food Box, Food Truck, Farm to Families, Kids Cafe, Middle Tennessee’s Table, Mobile Pantry, School Food Pantry, Senior Nutrition, Summer Food Service Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Second Harvest also produces Project Preserve, a co-op and manufacturing program for Partner Agencies and the Feeding America food bank network.
Join me in helping sort perishable food at Second Harvest on Thursday, October 25th from 9:30 am to 11 am. Also, I will be hosting a Family Volunteer night on Thursday, January 24th from 530-8 if you want to involve your children! During Family Night, we will put together meal back packs for children. There are limited spots for each. Please email me at [email protected] to sign up!