The Food Rescue program gathers prepared and perishable foods from local restaurants, schools, groceries and other sources in our community. Food like day-old baked goods, milk and cheese approaching expiration, bruised fruits and vegetable, perishable goods with damaged packaging and even meat products are rescued. The food is rapidly distributed in a refrigerated truck to on-site hunger relief agencies such as group homes, soup kitchens, after-school programs and shelters where it can be served quickly to hungry people seeking help. These organizations would spend millions of dollars a year if they had to purchase the food they receive free through the Food Rescue program!
Finally, the hungry people who receive plates of food distributed by the Food Rescue program are getting high-quality, fresh, nutritious food. The nutritional value of this food is a real benefit for a group of people that typically do not eat enough fresh foods.
“We love getting so much fresh food from Second Harvest. We can cook a lot of different kinds of meals with the food we get. The folks who come in here to get hot meals are really benefiting because of it.” – local soup kitchen coordinator
Sponsors Include: Wal-Mart, Kroger, Food City, Target, Knoxville Convention Center, Food Lion, Sams Club, Publix, Aramark, Hundres of local grocers, restaurants, farms, local growers and others.