Fund & Food Drives

FoodDriveforWebThank you for joining Second Harvest in the fight to end hunger in East Tennessee.
You can make a huge impact on local hunger-relief by conducting fund or food drives at your church, office, school or in your neighborhood.
No donation is too small. Your efforts will feed hungry East Tennesseans.

Why Food Drives: It takes a community to fight hunger. Without successful food drives, Second Harvest would not have enough food to feed the hungry. It’s that simple. Food drives give the food bank a larger variety of product and can also supply food items that the food bank cannot afford to buy in bulk quantity. What do we need: peanut butter! It’s high in protein, has “good” fat, is shelf stable and most kids and seniors (who we predominantly) love it. Other items to consider: canned meats, tuna, soups, veggies and fruits. Think bargain, but remember to pay attention to what is healthy and what is not. The poor are more likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We try to not reinforce those health problems with the product we hand out.

Why Fund Drives: Second Harvest can do more with $1. In fact, the food bank can turn a $1 donation into 3 meals. Second Harvest purchases food items tax-free, in bulk, at discounted prices. A donation of funds will have a greater impact than a donation of items. Worried about efficiency? Don’t be. Second Harvest is a 4 star charity with at 96% efficiency rating. Check Charity Navigator or Guidestar for details.

Ready to get started?
We need to hear from you, the earlier the better.  Since you will be representing Second Harvest, we want to create a partnership with you to make this food or fund drive a true success! In order to use resources like barrels and brochures, we need to have you scheduled in advance. Please take a few minutes to fill out the registration form below, and Mark Aranda, our Food Drive Coordinator, will be contacting you shortly.  Please plan on picking up support materials from the food bank before your official start date, and please plan to deliver collected food or funds to Second Harvest after things wrap up. This critical step helps keep our efficiency high and our trucks and drivers focused on making food deliveries to the hungry.


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