BRISTOL, Tenn. - Second Harvest held their annual Drive to End Hunger Convoy on September 26, 2013. The convoy brings together food bank agencies, donors and volunteers to create awareness of the issue of hunger in our region and what can be done to solve it.
Convoy participants gathered in the Bristol Motor Speedway parking lot near the main entrance sign at 8:30 a.m.
Joining the convoy this year were radio station WTFM along with Food Bank donors including Food City, Kroger and Walmart.
Food Bank agencies also joined the convoy along with Second Harvest vehicles including: East Side Freewill Baptist, Food assist, House of Prayer, Lick Creek Valley Freewill Baptist, Adventist Community Services, Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City, Salvation Army, St. Vincent D.Paul at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Harmony Baptist, Lifebridge Christian Church, St. Anthony's Bread, Fire Escape Ministries, Virginia Avenue Methodist Church, Chestnut Grove Union Church, Jubilee Project, St. Paul's Food Pantry, St. Paul AME Zion Church, Coalition for Kids, Tri-State Children's Home, Boones Creek UMC Food Pantry, Johnson City Housing Authority, Johnson City Boys & Girls Club, Steppenstone Youth Treatment, Comprehensive Community Cares and others.
After leaving the Bristol Speedway around 9:15 the group traveled through Johnson City and Kingsport and ended at the Food Bank's future location at 1027 Jericho Drive, Kingsport, Tennessee. The Food Bank plans to move to the new location by November 1, 2013.
During fiscal year 2013 Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee distributed over 8.8 million pounds of food and grocery products to about 200 agencies that feed the hungry in the eight-county region. An average of 39,000 people are served each month. The convoy shows the size and scope of the work of the Food Bank and provides recognition to Food Bank agencies and donors for the work they are doing for hunger relief. The route has been shortened from the original route due to the cost of fuel but still helps the Food Bank increase hunger awareness in the region.
The Convoy concludes September's Hunger Action Month events and launches the Food Bank's holiday and winter food and fundraising drive efforts. The Food Bank asks everyone who is able to help them meet the increased demand for food assistance by donating to a food drive, organizing a food drive or making a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.
For more information visit www.netfoodbank.org or call (423)477-4053.