Second Harvest Food Bank receives $100,000 grant

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - On Wednesday morning, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee received a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program to assist with their building campaign.

Second Harvest says the money will help ensure that people in Northeast Tennessee have access to the food they need through Second Harvest's larger facility. "The move to the new facility was vital to Second Harvest's mission to close the gap in unmet need for families and individuals who are food insecure," said Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. "The Food Bank sincerely appreciates Walmart's support of our building project."

The grant was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee during a check presentation ceremony held Wednesday at the Food Bank on 1020 Jericho Drive in Kingsport. The check presentation was made during a meeting of Walmart associates being held at the Food Bank.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee feeds the hungry by securing donations of food from national and local manufacturers, grocers and individuals and redistributing to qualified nonprofit charities and through Food Bank programs that feed the hungry in an eight county region of Northeast Tennessee composed of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi Counties. The Food Bank is a 501 c3 non-profit organization located in Gray, Tenn., and is a member of Feeding America, the Nation's largest Food Bank network.

The need for food assistance in Northeast Tennessee continues to grow. Approximately 8.8 million pounds of food and grocery products were distributed by the Food Bank during fiscal year 2013 through food bank agencies and programs serving over 40,000 individuals per month.

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