WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. -

A local food bank gets a big boost to help accomplish its mission of helping people in need.

First Franklin Financial donated more than $37,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

The money will be used to help provide food assistance to elderly people and families in the eight-county area of northeast Tennessee.

The food bank director says the money comes at the perfect time because donations are typically down this time of year.