Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is taking major steps to fight hunger in our region.
The organization will be moving their facility in Gray to the old Sam's Club building in Kingsport. The 100,000 square foot warehouse is about four times the size of their current facility, meaning they'll be able to store food and start new programs.
Executive director Rhonda Chafin told News 5 they desperately need the extra room. The need for food has grown more than 50 percent since 2007.
"It's unfortunate the need has grown that much. We're serving over 38,000 individuals each month, but we know there have been over 70,000 that have been identified as food insecure," said Chafin.
The food bank hopes to move its operations to the new facility in less than a year's time, but they'll need the community to help with half-a-million dollar's worth of renovation costs.
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