Food Drives

Last year the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee distributed 10.5 million pounds of food as 8.75 million meals to 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.

You can help ensure that more nutritious food is available for the community. Host a food drive or donate to a food drive near you:

The Wellness Center 200 Med Tech Parkway JC 10/17/2016 12/2/2016
Doubletree by Hilton 211 Mockingbird Lane JC 10/18/2016
BCTI 5112 Bobby Hicks Hwy GRAY 10/18/2016
LifeLight Chiropractic/Breathe Yoga Center 207 West Unaka Ave JC 10/21/2016 11/17/2016
Towne Acres Elementary 2310 Larkspur Drive JC 10/27/2016 12/2/2016
Starbucks 2008 N Roan St JOCY 10/27/2016 1/10/2017
First Presbyterian Preschool 105 South Boone Street JC 10/28/2016 11/17/2016
Domtar 514 Tilthammer Dr KPT 10/31/2016 12/1/2016
Colonial Heights Dental Group 4621 Fort Henry Dr KPT 10/31/2016 2/1/2017
Smith Brothers Harley-Davidson 3518 Bristol Highway JC 10/31/2016 12/5/2016
YMCA 1840 Meadowview Pkwy KPT 11/1/2016 12/1/2016
Cherry Point Animal Hospital 101 Island Road KPT 11/1/2016 11/21/2016
Oakland Chiropractic 501 West Oakland Avenue JC 11/2/2016 11/21/2016
Martin Dentistry 1599 Fort Henry Drive KPT 11/4/2016 12/1/2016
Avoca Elementary School 2440 Volunteer Pkwy BRI 11/7/2016 11/18/2016
Piney Flats Chiropractic Center 5661 Highway 11-E; Suite 1 PINEY 11/7/2016 12/1/2017
Liberty Bell Middle School 718 Morningside Drive JC 11/7/2016 12/1/2017
Broadmore Senior Living (Assisted Living) 826 Meadowview Road Bri 11/8/2016 11/18/2016
Girl Scouts 1100 Woodland Ave JC 11/8/2016 11/22/2016
Grindstaff Automotive 2236 W. Elk Avenue ELIZ 11/8/2016 12/5/2016
Soleus Massage 2106 Mountcastle Dr JC 11/11/2016 12/15/2016
Bristol Broadcasting Co. Inc. PO Box 1389 BRI 11/11/2016 11/28/2016
Frank Theatres-KPT Town Center 2101 Fort Henry Drive KPT 11/11/2016 11/21/2016
Bell Helicopter 441 Industrial Park Road PINEY 11/14/2016 12/7/2016
YP-Tri 11/30/2016 1/3/2017
Kryss Dula & Friends
Heritage Hall Theatre 211 N. Church St. 15-Dec 19-Dec


Ongoing Food Drives
ETSU- Dept of Psych 741-3479 401-A Rogers-Stout Hall JC 8/22/2013 ongoing
Grace Fellowship Church Kingsport 245-3616 One Fellowship Pointe KPT 3/10/2014 ongoing
East Unaka Christian Church 218-9621 1201 E Unaka Ave JC 7/1/2014 ongoing
Sinking Creek Baptist Church 928-3222 2313 Elizabethton HWY JC 9/24/2014 ongoing
The Va- Pharmacy 926-1171 e 4540 JC 4/8/2015 ongoing
Re/Max 247-8121 1567 N Eastman Rd Suite 14 KPT 8/14/2015 ongoing
FedEx 349-9932 ext 0 2200 Tri Cities Crossing KPT 9/8/2015 ongoing
Alemite 928-8203e 4141 167 Roweland Drive JC 10/26/2015 ongoing
Little Miss Vision Pageant- Renaisance Center 367-1103 1200 E Center St KPT 1/15/2016 1/18/2016
Tennessee Cash Cow 578-6834 1440 E Stone Dr KPT 2/17/2016 ongoing

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Determine how and where food will be collected. You can use boxes, barrels or bins. Small to medium-size boxes work well for food drives. We can deliver barrels with at least 48 hours notice.
  2. Give us a starting/ending date and location of the drive. Once collected, you can deliver the food directly to us or call and we will come and pick it up. Pick-ups are coordinated into our current truck routes. This could take a couple of days depending on the service area location.
  3. If you are using our barrels to collect food they come with a poster or wrap that says “Food Drive to Benefit Second Harvest”. You may decorate the barrels by wrapping them with paper and then decorating the paper. PLEASE do not mark on the barrels or barrel wraps.
  4. Appoint someone in charge of logistics; i.e., barrel locations and the physical collection of the food. Set a goal: Decide how much food you would like to collect during your food drive. How many potential contributors do you have? How much can you expect to collect? Will you collect food or cash-or both?
  5. Consider holding internal competitions (between departments, floors, etc.) Award the winners with special recognition such as pizza, etc.
  6. Spread the word!!! Create a poster explaining your food drive and post it on walls, barrels, etc. to inform others. Put small fliers in paychecks, and mention in other communication with your group, like e-mails and newsletters.

Food items we always need include:

  • Cereal/Rice/Dried Beans
  • Canned Tuna Fish/Meat
  • Canned Soups
  • Spaghetti Sauce/Pasta/Noodles
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tomatoes/Veggies/Fruit
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Baby Food
  • Diapers
  • Volunteers sort and box the items in the warehouse.
  • The food is distributed to charities who serve those in need in Northeast TN.
  • There is absolutely no cost to the donor or the charity.

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We're Here To Help

We want your food drive to succeed. To register your food drive, fill out the form below or call Megan at (423) 279-0430 x224.