Second Harvest Food Bank Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Second Harvest Food Bank Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Cleaning scheduled, employee quarantined


MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee’s primary objective during the COVID-19 pandemic has been to provide emergency food assistance to its 18-county service area. Because of the pandemic, Second Harvest has distributed a record amount of food.  

In coordination with Feeding America, the CDC, local, state and federal officials, Second Harvest Food Bank has tracked all updates and developments related to the coronavirus. Second Harvest has taken proactive measures to protect the health of staff, volunteers and agency partners while serving the community during this critical time. 

On Oct. 10, Second Harvest Food Bank became aware that a staff member working in the building, tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member left the building on Oct. 7 after experiencing symptoms and has been self-quarantined since. 

At this time, the procedures for Second Harvest are as follows:

  • The warehouse and offices will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 14. For thorough cleaning of the facility, the warehouse remains closed during this time. 
  • No volunteers are allowed in the building until it reopens on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
  • Administrative, Development, Agency Relations and Programs staff members will work remotely; however, all trucks will be grounded until Wednesday, Oct. 14. All Mobile Pantries, Food Rescue and Rural Route programs will NOT deliver on Monday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 13. 
  • All agencies and businesses will be contacted regarding their deliveries and order pickups based on the chronological order of delivery. Pick up times that were scheduled for October 12 and 13 will also be contacted to reschedule.

Second Harvest Food Bank continues to follow guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control and Feeding America to protect clients, partner agencies and volunteers from exposure. Our thoughts are with the employee, their family and with all the frontline staff at the food bank who are continuing to provide access to food to East Tennesseans in this critical time. The food bank wishes for a quick recovery for the employee. 

 About Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, a member of Feeding America, has worked to compassionately feed the hungry since 1982. In FY20, Second Harvest distributed 21 million pounds of food across 18 East Tennessee counties. Through feeding programs and 630+ nonprofit partners, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee provides food to more than 143,000 children, adults and seniors each month. For more information, please visit