Second Harvest: There are currently 239,880 people in East Tennessee who are going hungry daily. Second Harvest helps serve 18 counties throughout East Tennessee. They serve about 142,000 individuals EACH month through 8 different feeding programs, totaling an average of 20 million meals per year!
They are always searching for volunteers to help distribute food to their partnering food pantries, shelters, and churches.
The food bank is always accepting donations of all kinds, but they are also able to stretch monetary contributions in an unimaginable way. For a $1 monetary donation, Second Harvest Food Bank can provide THREE MEALS to an East Tennessee neighbor at-risk of hunger. This means that a $20 donation can essentially feed two people for the entire month, providing over 60 meals!
As far as PHYSICAL items needed, they always encourage foods that you or I would purchase at the grocery store! Their most needed items would be shelf-stable foods such as Peanut Butter, Canned Proteins (Meats, chicken, tuna), Rice, Beans, Whole-Grain Pastas, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruits, and Instant Potatoes!
APC will have a donation bin at our office during the month of January for physical donations. We also encourage you to support Second Harvest monetarily if you have the means. You can do this through the following link.
Second Harvest’s programs are arranged to reach every demographic in every corner of East Tennessee. Hunger has no season, it is always the right time to donate. However, nobody should ever be hungry on Thanksgiving. We can use this month to highlight and support hunger in East Tennessee. $1 is all it takes to give 3 meals and 1 in 5 people in E TN live in poverty.
Mobile Meals is the Meals on Wheels program in Knoxville and Knox County, TN. The Mobile Meals program serves: Mid-day meals five days a week to Knoxville and Knox County citizens who are at least 60 years old and are unable to leave their home without assistance who cannot cook for themselves and have no one to prepare meals for them.
Serenity Ministries serves up to 33 women (and children), Serenity offers a free 18-month residential program for those seeking rescue, recovery and freedom from addiction, domestic violence and homelessness.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. provides family support, offers community and professional education, advocates for the needs and rights of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as research for its prevention, cure, and treatment.