Donate Food

donate-food-topSecond Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is the primary source of food for over 200 charities serving our region. They rely on us to supply enough food to help them feed the hungry in the community.

Last year the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee distributed almost 1 million pounds of food each month to over 31,000 people in need in 8 counties in Northeast Tennessee. People in our area are struggling with hunger every single day. Food donations are always needed to meet these basic humanitarian efforts.

There are many ways you can help with food donations. You can pick up a few extra cans of vegetables at the grocery store and drop them off at a participating partner. Consider organizing a food drive at your workplace or maybe host a virtual food drive at home.

Whatever way you choose to help, your efforts are appreciated in your community.

Drop-off Locations

Click below to find where you can drop off food donations.

October to December Food Drives 2016

BCTI, 5112 Bobby Hicks Highway, Gray, TN 37615, 10/18/2016 through Christmas

Colonial Heights Dental Group, 4621 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 11/1/2016 to 1/31/2017

Doubletree by Hilton, 211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City, TN 37604

Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church – Women Active for Christ, 2313 Portland Ave., Kingsport 37660 10/1/2016 to 11/11/2016

First Presbyterian Preschool, 105 South Boone Street, Johnson City, Tn 37604, 10/31/2016 to 11/16/2016

GSCSA Woodland Oaks Service Unit Girl Scouts, 1320 Ballard Road, Johnson City, TN 37604 10/19/2016 ‘Toasts and Ghosts’ event

Johnson City Power Board, 2600 Boones Creek Road, Johnson City, TN 37615  10/17/2016 to 10/28/2016

KED Plasma, 1728 Eastman Road, Kingsport, TN 37664 10/1/2016 to 10/31/2016

LifeLight Chiropractic/Breathe Yoga Center, 207 W. Unaka Ave., Johnson City, TN 37604 10/22/16 Open House

Monarch 815, 1109 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN 37604 10/6/2016 to 10/31/2016

Monkee’s of Johnson City, 2515 N. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601, 9/30/16 to 11/1/2016

Starbucks, 2008 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601, 10/27/2016 to 1/10/2017

Tusculum College, 60 Shiloh Road, Greeneville, TN 10/3/2016 to 12/2/2016

East Tennessee Celtic Festival and Games, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643 10/21/16 to 10/23/16

The Wellness Center, 200 Med Tech Parkway, Johnson City, TN 37604 10/17/2016 to 12/2/2016

Starting in November:

Kroger Locations:  Sunset Drive, State of Franklin and E. Stone Dr., 11/15/2016 to 11/30/2016

Domtar, 514 Tilthammer Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660 10/31/2016 to 12/1/2016

ETSU Homecoming Food Drive – The Cave on ETSU Campus – 11/10/2016    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Smith Brothers Family Giving Back – Smith Brothers Harley Davidson, 3518 Bristol Highway, Johnson City TN, 37601  10/31/2016 to 12/5/2016

Towne Acres Elementary, 2310 Larkspur Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604   11/1/2016 to 11/22/2016



More food drive locations are needed in Elizabethton, call (423)279-0430 for details.

Johnson City

Ongoing          All City of Johnson City Fire Stations

Ongoing          Summit Leadership, 3104 Hanover Road

Ongoing          Highlands Fellowship, 100 Centre Park Drive

Ongoing          Sinking Creek Baptist Church, 2313 Elizabethton Hwy.

Ongoing          East Unaka Christian Church, 1201 E. Unaka Ave.


Ongoing          Biggies Clam Bar & Tavern, 417 W Stone Drive

Ongoing          Cash Express, 620 W Center Street

Ongoing          Highlands Fellowship Kingsport, 1195 N Eastman Road

Ongoing          Walgreens, 2200 Memorial Blvd.

Ongoing          Re/Max, 1567 N Eastman Rd., Suite 14


Ongoing          Dollar General, 1498 Hwy 126

Ongoing          421 Area Emergency Services, 1758 Bristol Caverns Hwy

Commercial Food Donations

We accept surplus food in good condition from commercial food businesses. The food bank has 6 trucks that are on the road each day picking up and delivering food.

  • Food is handled and stored safely by food bank personnel trained in food safety.
  • The food bank is AIB Certified and meets stringent food safety standards.
  • Food donors can be confident their food donations are handled safely.
  • Agencies receive donations in good condition ready to feed the hungry.

Besides helping feed the hungry, there are many benefits to the businesses that donate food to Second Harvest. Food donors are protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Law. For more information on commercial food donations, contact or call (423) 279-0430 x224.

Organize a Food Drive

Food drives are another important source of food for the food bank. The top food drives last year include: NALC Letter Carriers Food Drive, the High School Student Food Drive, the ETSU Homecoming Food Drive, Scouting for Food, Junior League Food Drive, and more. Hold a food drive or donate to a food drive near you.

A great way to raise awareness and collect food for hungry people in your community is through a food drive. You can get everyone involved and help make a difference in the lives of your neighbors.

We would love to help you coordinate a successful event. If you would like to organize a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, we can provide you with barrels for food collection and other collateral.