Second Harvest gearing up to respond to food shortage


During this critical time, Second Harvest Food Bank is preparing to serve our most vulnerable population in Northeast Tennessee.

Food-insecure families with children, individuals and elderly do not have the resources they need to prepare for COVID-19. Food Bank officials are requesting monetary and food donations so that we can meet the additional food needs in our region. Emergency food distribution sites are being established should individuals, families and elderly need food assistance.

Currently, Second Harvest and community pantry/soup kitchen partners continue to operate normal hours.

“We are working with agency partners to establish emergency disaster pantries and communicating with school officials to determine if mobile pantries are needed. The food bank has established critical function plans to maintain basic business operations if needed,“ said Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

Items needed immediately:
• Monetary donations to purchase and transport emergency food boxes
• Shelf-stable donated food items
• Antimicrobial wipes, and hand sanitizers.
• Non- food items (bathroom tissue, cleaning supplies, paper towels and personal hygiene products)

For more information contact Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee at 423.279.0430 or visit to make a donation. Recovery efforts will be ongoing in the communities devastated by COVID-19. Support to our Northeast Tennessee is on-going as needed.


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