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Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

http://secondharvestmidtn.org/

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee was founded in 1978 with commitment from several community leaders. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee.

Second Harvest collects, sorts and distributes food and personal care products to over 450 partner agencies throughout 46 Middle and West Tennessee counties. Our partner agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, foster care facilities, senior centers, group homes and youth enrichment programs.

Modeled after the first food bank established in Phoenix in the mid-1970s, Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry. During the first year, this process resulted in a total distribution of 160,000 pounds of food to 75 member agencies.

Today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide.

During the 2013/2014 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed 28,010,520 pounds of food to over 450 Partner Agencies, providing more than 23 million meals of food to hungry children, families and seniors throughout our 46-county service area.  In the last decade, since the food bank was moved to the facility in Nashville, food distribution grew from 4.8 million meals to 23 million meals.

With more than 1 million Tennesseans at risk of hunger every day, we are working hard to get food to those who need it most. Last year, a fleet of 19 trucks covered 533,374 miles rescuing and delivering food to our network of more than 450 partner agencies and directly to hungry children, families and seniors throughout our 46-county service area.

 

2013/2014 Stats:

78,500 hours were logged by more than 31,000 volunteers

95.7% of every dollar donated goes into feeding programs

One in four children struggles with huger in Tennessee

Second Harvest expanded the School Food Pantry Program to 19 locations in Davidson, Sumner and Warren Counties

Fresh Produce distribution was increased by 40 percent last year

This was made possible through Second Harvest partnerships with local farmers, distributors, and 198 grocery stores where food was collected that would otherwise be wasted and provide it to those in need.

450 Partner Agencies operate 838 food programs

83,000 unique households, 64,000 children, & 47,000 seniors were served through Second Harvest and Partner Agency food programs

Where food comes from

6% Food Drives

7% Government or Hunger Relief Programs

17% purchased

35% Donated

35% Grocery Rescue Program

Where Food Goes

3.5% Children's feeding Programs

10.5% Emergency Food Box Program

21% Mobile Food Pantries

65% Partner Agencies

Where Funding Comes From

7% Government/Civic/Religious

18% Foundations

23% Corporations

52% Individuals

Where resources come from

72% Donated Foods

17% Financial Contributions

5% Grants

3% Social Enterprise

3% All Other

 

Second Harvest Programs

At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program

Second Harvest sponsors 10 At-Risk Afterschool programs in Nashville and surrounding counties, serving more than 7,000 meals to participating children each month. The program runs for 10 months during the school year and food costs are reimbursed through the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491. https://youtube/9MZ4orbB_Os

 

BackPack

The BackPack Program provides easy-to-prepare food for at-risk children on weekends and during school breaks when other resources are not available. A typical BackPack includes two canned entrees, such as chili and beans and franks, applesauce, two cereals, 100% fruit juice, shelf-stable milk and a snack. The Second Harvest BackPack program serves more than 6,700 hungry children each week at more than 100 schools throughout Middle Tennessee. For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491. Download the results from our BackPack Survey December 2014.

 

Emergency Food Box

The Emergency Food Box (EFB) feeds individuals and families in Davidson County on an urgent-need basis. An EFB provides two to three days of staple food items based on the number of members in each household.

During the 2013/2014 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed more than 54,000 emergency food boxes, feeding more than 130,000 individuals. Emergency food assistance is provided through 16 Emergency Food Box (EFB) locations.

View EFB locations and hours of operation.

For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491.

 

Farm to Families

Volunteer gleaning. Photo Credit Brian McCord.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is proud to support local agriculture. The Farm to Families program engages local farmers, community volunteers, and our Community Partner Agencies to support those struggling with hunger in Middle and West Tennessee. We are inspired by the resurgence of small farmers in Middle & West Tennessee, and have designed this initiative to benefit our local farmers while increasing the production and consumption of local, sustainable food in our community.

 

Kids Cafe

The Kids Cafe program provides free meals, snacks and nutrition education to at-risk children during the school year and summer months. Through Kids Cafe, Second Harvest feeds approximately 1,900 children per week at locations like schools and after-school program sites. Second Harvest’s Registered Dietitian oversees meal and snack choices and provides fun, engaging nutrition education at each Kids Cafe site. For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpOqF8o6z4U&feature=youtu.be

 

Middle Tennessee’s Table

Through our grocery rescue program, Middle Tennessee’s Table, the Food Bank rescues, sorts and distributes frozen meat, dairy, produce and dry groceries from 198 grocery stores and food donors.

In the 2013/2014 fiscal year, Second Harvest rescued more than 10 million pounds through Middle Tennessee’s Table over the past year.

For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491.

 

Mobile Pantry

Second Harvest distributes food directly to individuals and families in need during large-scale one-day distributions set up similar to a farmers’ market. A typical mobile pantry provides one to two weeks of groceries to approximately 250 families, distributing 15,000 pounds of food. Each Mobile Pantry is coordinated with a partner agency, such as a church, senior center or help center. This program is one of the most effective ways for Second Harvest to provide food assistance to our rural communities. During the 2013/2014 fiscal year, more than 5.9 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food was provided through Mobile Pantries and Davidson County Perishable Distributions. For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491.

 

School Food Pantry

The School Food Pantry Program is designed to increase food access for school children and their families in need. More than a dozen school food pantries are operating throughout Davidson and outlying counties. For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491.

 

Senior Nutrition

Jackson National Life Insurance Company® has committed to a three-year sponsorship of our Senior Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with food resources that are nutritious, easy to prepare and shelf stable. The “senior packs” are distributed weekly or monthly depending on our Second Harvest Partner Agency needs. Jackson National Life Insurance Company®’s support will provide funding for the Senior Nutrition Program through March 2015.

For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491.

 

Summer Food Service Program

Second Harvest sponsors the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at sites throughout Middle Tennessee each summer. Through this program we provide breakfasts, lunches, or suppers to help ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children. SFSP sites include community centers, libraries, day camps, schools, and other programs that also offer enrichment and fun activities for children over the summer.

For more information about supporting our feeding programs, please send us an email at info@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-329-3491.

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Second Harvest offers SNAP Outreach through our Emergency Food Box Sites, Mobile Pantry Distributions, and partner agencies. SNAP, also known as Food Stamps, is for people and families with low incomes, including working people, households with children, seniors, unemployed people, immigrant families, and people with disabilities. SNAP helps them buy the food they need for good health. Second Harvest’s Benefits Outreach Counselor shares information about the nutrition benefits of SNAP, pre-screens potential participants, and helps people fill out the SNAP Application.