Food Drives

Many in our region struggle with hunger every day. As many as 1 in 7 people and 1 in 5 children in Northeast Tennessee are food-insecure meaning they may not always have reliable access to the food they need.  —– Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap  

Food Drives are an important source of food for Second Harvest. YOU CAN HELP – HOST A FOOD DRIVE OR DONATE TO A FOOD DRIVE NEAR YOU

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.

Food Drives Happening Now

Stop in and drop off some non-perishable goods! 




Advance Financial All locations Will Call
Appalachian Community Fed. Credit Union 5034 Bobby Hicks Hwy. #2  Johnson City, TN End of November
Blossman Gas & Appliance 1121 US 19E Bypass. Elizabethton, TN Week of 11/21/2022
Blue Ridge Physical Therapy  3915 Bristol Hwy Suite 301 Johnson City, TN Will Call
Central Elementary School 252 Taylor Town Rd. Johnson City, TN 12/9/2022
 Eastman Credit Union  1510 South Wilcox Drive, Kingsport TN  11/29/2022
First Franklin Financial Corporation 3120 E Oakland Ave. Johnson City, TN 12/10/2022
Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians 1100 Woodland Ave. Johnson City, TN 11/19/2022
Grace UMC 104 10th St. North Main & Rock Creek Rd Erwin, TN Will call/Ongoing
Home Trust Bank Three locations (2 in JC/1 in KPT) 11/30/2022
Hometown Plumbing 3300 Browns Mill Rd. Suite 200 Johnson City, TN 11/30/2022
Hurd Realty LLC 110 Klm Dr. Johnson City, TN Will Call
Wallace Nissan of Kingsport 2733 E Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN 12/21/2022
Lighthouse Christian Church 145 Shipp Springs Rd. Kingsport, TN Will Call
Myers Chiropractic 111 Broyles Dr. # 6 Johnson City, TN Will Call
Steve Huff Plumbing 113 Witherspoon Dr. Kingsport, TN 12/17/2022
Walmart Distribution Center Will Call
Piney Flats Chiropractic 5661 Hwy 11E Suite 1. Piney Flats, TN Will Call
Iris Glen Environmental Services 1705 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 12/4/2022
Waste Management 1010 Jericho Dr.  Kingsport, TN Will Call
TVA Will Call

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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 Jon at (423) 279-0430 x224.

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