At Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, we collect and distribute food throughout our community in a variety of programs and services. Food bank programs that provide direct service include: The Food for Kids Backpack Program, Summer Food Service Program, The Kids Café Program, The Mobile Food Bank, and the Mobile Food Pantry.
Food collection services
We collect, sort, store, repackage and distribute millions of pounds of food every year. Our 112,000+ square foot facility allows us to receive truckloads of food and distribute it to our network of over 200 partner agencies.
Every day, our Food Rescue teams collects hundreds of pounds of fresh produce, dairy, deli, meat, and bakery items from grocery stores around the area. We always welcome new commercial food businesses to partner with our Food Rescue program.
Food distribution services
Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee works with over 200 local agencies that provide food and meals to the hungry families in our community.
The Food for Kids Backpack Program®
The Food for Kids Backpack Program® provides a bag full of healthy snacks and easily prepared meal items for children in need to take home and eat after school and on weekends. The program is offered through every school in our region and children are identified by their school nurse or counselors for the program. About 5,000 children are now being served. Sponsors are secured every year so that every child in need of the Food for Kids program may be served.
Kids Café® enables Food Bank agencies to provide food for children and youth programs where over 55% of children attending are at or below the poverty level. This program served an average of 636 children each month.
Summer Food Service Program®
This vital program fills the gap in child nutrition when school is out of session during the summer months. The program is operated using food vendors and volunteers provided through the Corporation for National and Community Service ‘Summer VISTA’ programs. Children are also served through Kids Café programs that provide food for children in primarily low-income after school programs. During the Summer of 2014 the Summer Food Service program served 31,878 meals and 2,571 snacks to 1,586 children at 44 sites.
Mobile Food Pantry
Sometimes there is no Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen located where it is needed. The Mobile Food Pantry of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee comes to the rescue providing regular distributions of food and grocery products to fill these gaps in need in our region and get the food out where it is most needed reaching thousands of people in need. Interested organizations and sponsors are needed to host Mobile Food Pantry distributions in various communities throughout the region. During 2014 the Mobile Food Pantry distributed 1.5 million pounds of food to needy individuals and families in Northeast Tennessee.