Our mission is to feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee by securing and distributing food and engaging the community in the fight to end hunger through regional partnerships, programs, and education.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has led the effort to end hunger in Northeast Tennessee since 1986. An affiliate of the Feeding America Network of Food Banks, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee’s Second Harvest is the only food bank serving the eight county region incorporating Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties. The food bank is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Kingsport, Tennessee and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank network.
In fiscal year 2015-16, the food bank provided 8.75 million meals (10.5 million pounds of food) to people in need in the eight county region. Over 43,000 individuals each month are served through the food bank’s partner agencies and direct service programs.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee staff and Board of Directors is dedicated to help provide food assistance and help stabilize lives in the eight county region for years to come. The food bank seeks innovative ways to improve operation and nutritional content of the food distributed. The Food for Kids Backpack program is a vital component of this plan and Second harvest includes all forecasted costs for this program into its overall organizational budget each year.
OUR VISIONTo ensure the hungry have access to food to achieve a hunger-free Northeast Tennessee.
Food is received, stored and distributed in the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee warehouse. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee held the official grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new 112,000 square foot facility at 1020 Jericho Drive, Kingsport, TN on December 12, 2013. The project to expand the Food Bank to help meet the growing need for food assistance began in 2012 and was recently completed. The new facility is located off I-81 at Exit 63.
Rhonda ChafinExecutive Director
Rhonda Chafin has been the Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee since 1993. The Second Harvest Food Bank, under the direction of Ms. Chafin, became a “Certified” food bank of Feeding America in 1994 National Network food banks. In 1996, Ms. Chafin led the food bank to a successful Building Capital Campaign and relocated the food bank to Gray, Tennessee in 1998.
From 1998 to present, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has continued to grow by starting new initiatives to help feed more people in need; Kids Café, Food for Kids, a back pack kids program, Prepared and Perishable Rescue Foods Program, Mobile Food Bank and Mobile Pantry Programs. In 2009, the food bank distributed approx. 6.8 million pounds of food to over 200 non-profit charities that feed the hungry in the eight county region of Northeast Tennessee.
Rhonda Chafin is a native of Bristol, Tennessee and a graduate of Virginia Intermont College with a B.A. Degree in Business Administration. She has been a member of the Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, Unicoi County and Johnson County Leadership programs, Bristol Sullivan County Jaycees, Mountain Empire Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Twin Cities Civitans.
Rhonda currently serves on the local Federal Emergency Management Association Board for Sullivan County, and Co Chair of the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and Safety & Stability Vision Council for Kingsport United Way.