May 11, 2020

And that’s a wrap on an incredible #GivingTuesdayNOW!

When we had to cancel the MAYDAY Radio-thon due to COVID-19, we were worried about the loss and what it would mean for the #FoodforKids program, for the children who receive food every week, but like you do every single time we ask for help – you showed up.

You logged online. You donated on Facebook. You picked up the phone and gave us a call. You shared a post with your friends. You encouraged others to support us.

With more than $262,000, you showed up for Second Harvest Food Bank, and more importantly, you showed up for the 12,600+ children that rely on this program, and we hope you feel good to your bones because of it.

From all of us at Second Harvest to this East TN community, thank you.

May 4, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled December 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.” (https://now.givingtuesday.org/)”

It comes as no surprise that we had to cancel our annual MAYDAY Radio-thon. MAYDAY serves as a fundraiser to support the Food for Kids program each year. Thankfully, #GivingTuesdayNow is coming at a near perfect time to fill in for the loss we may have felt due to the cancelation.

For #GivingTuesdayNow, Second Harvest is asking for East Tennessee’s support of the Comida para niños program. Since schools are closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, there is an increased concern for children missing meals and there’s an increasing number of children who will be in need of Second Harvest’s assistance. Second Harvest operates the Food for Kids program in 280 schools in 18 counties.

More than 12,600 East Tennessee children rely on the Food for Kids program, and that number will likely increase in the coming months as thousands of families face unemployment, decreased working hours and children at home more than usual.

“Due to COVID-19, we canceled our annual MAYDAY event. MAYDAY is a fundraiser specifically for the Food for Kids program. Our great hope is that East Tennessee will step up and support us on #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, so that we can still raise funds for the Food for Kids program. I am overwhelmed at the support we have received during the COVID pandemic, and we are so grateful, but we still have a long way to go.” -Elaine Streno, Executive Director

Donations can be made online now on Second Harvest’s website: https://community.secondharvestetn.org/pages/may-2020-gtn-donation-form

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donate/653160202196169/

By mailing a check to: 136 Harvest Lane Maryville, TN 37801 (be sure to put Giving Tuesday Now in the memo line)

Or by calling (865) 243-8227.