Food Drives

During FY 2017  the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee distributed over 11 million pounds of food as 9.2 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:

2017 Thanksgiving and Holiday Food Drives

Johnson City

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




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.

Looking for Virtual Food Drives?

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.