Why Give?

Second Harvest Food Bank is leading the community in the fight to end hunger.

Whether you’re giving your time, money, or resources, Second Harvest is grateful for the support that enables us to continue the fight to end hunger. When you give, you help us to feed our East Tennessee neighbors — and in doing so, you feed their futures.

Food Drives

Are you interested in making an impact in your local community? Hosting a food drive for Second Harvest is a great way to get started! Food drives are one of the primary ways Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee collects food. We rely on food drives organized by individuals, corporations, churches, schools, associations, and more to serve our neighbors facing food insecurity. Our food bank offers options for both traditional and virtual food drives, so that you’re able to join in the fight against hunger no matter where you are! 


Volunteers are vital to the operations of Second Harvest Food Bank and our ability to serve all 18 counties. This past year, our volunteers donated 29,000+ hours of their time, completing mission-critical tasks in our community. Volunteer responsibilities include sorting donated items, packing food boxes, distributing food at Mobile Pantries, and helping at special events. Through the generous gift of your time, you can leave an impact here in East Tennessee.


Our Food Bank can provide as many meals to as many neighbors as we do because of our community’s generous support. We are so grateful to our local government, foundations, corporations, and individuals that choose us as recipients of their grant funding. With the support of this funding, we can make significant strides in advancing food security in our region by providing adequate and regular food access to our neighbors in need.

Planned Giving

A planned gift allows you to make a lasting contribution reflecting the values and passions important to you. Establishing a planned gift allows you to provide for your loved ones, while also ensuring Second Harvest has the support needed to end the challenges of food insecurity — for generations to come. 


Reach out today to learn more about what we do, get involved, or for additional information about our resources.