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.

Newcomers Club, ongoing at club meetings

Kroger Sunset Drive Live Bristol Broadcasting Radio Remote, ends 11/2

Kroger W. State of Franklin Road Live Bristol Broadcasting Radio Remote, ends 11/2

First Presbyterian Pre-School, ends 11/17

Movement Mortgage, ends 11/20

Mountain States Patient Financial Services, ends 11/20

Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, ends 11/20

Indian Trail Intermediate School, ends 11/20

Town Acres Elementary School, ends 11/21

Liberty Bell Middle School, ends 12/1

Advance Financial,  ends 12/13

The Wellness Center, ends 12/22

Gray Pharmacy, ends 11/27


Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, ongoing

Kroger E. Stone Drive, ends 11/2

Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church, ends 11/10

Brookside Chiropractic, ends 11/13

John Adams Elementary, ends 11/17


Avoca Elementary School, ends 11/20


Walmart Distribution Center, ends 11/30



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.