Welcome to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee’s first official blog post!

This blog is a long time coming, and that sentence was typed with much happiness and gratitude. My name is Emily Caldwell, and I write grant applications at Second Harvest. After working here for a year and a half, I have come to appreciate the vital presence of this food bank in East Tennessee. I have learned so much during this time, and now wish to provide a space where our donors and friends can learn about Second Harvest. Here, at all hours, in all seasons, we are a small, fiercely dedicated community met with a huge undertaking.

Second Harvest currently serves an estimated 202,613 unique individuals annually through partnerships with 325 food pantries, homeless shelters and other agencies, as well as the 269 schools belonging to Food for Kids and Summer Food for Kids programs.

Second Harvest provides food, services, and education to meet the nutritional needs of all people at risk of hunger, and we attack the root causes of hunger via education and nutrition.

We are a partner of Feeding America, a national network of foodbanks that’s members cover every county in the United States. Currently, we serve the following 18 counties in East Tennessee: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union. As of 2018, we have provided food to our targeted service area for 36 years.

This blog will provide a window into our food bank, and the work we do each day. It will inform you about hunger in our communities, by way of the meaningful stories of the volunteers, staff, experts, and food aid participants that keep us going. Most importantly, it will reinforce the great importance of our mission, again and again.

I ask that you to return to this page a few times a month to read, engage, and learn. I also welcome your opinions and ideas. I so look forward to sharing Second Harvest’s message, goals, and accomplishments in this forum.

Thank you for reading!