Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is marking a milestone in 2018: 40 years of feeding the hungry in Middle Tennessee.
Since 1978, Second Harvest has grown from a 160,000-pound operation to distributing over 32 million pounds of food annually across 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee.
While the food bank’s main location is in Nashville, the non-profit organization reaches citizens
throughout Middle and West Tennessee for the delivery of food through its 490 Partner Agencies. To meet the growing hunger demand in the region, Second Harvest will open regional distribution centers in Rutherford and Benton counties later this year.
“Many people do not know that Partner Agencies located in counties outside of Nashville receive
much of their food from Second Harvest,” said Jaynee Day, President and CEO of Second Harvest. “By volunteering, donating money and food, and joining us in our work, citizens from all walks of life across Middle and West Tennessee can help us address the pressing need that affects one-in-eight of our neighbors, with one-in-five of them being children.”
“Around 15 percent of the state’s population is food insecure; this includes more than 20 percent of the children of Tennessee, and when you look at rural West Tennessee, those numbers get even higher,” says Blake Brown, director of the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. “We may not think about it often, but hunger is a real issue in our communities.”
A recent 2018 Map the Meal Gap study found that 12.7% of people in Maury County suffer from
food insecurity, meaning they don’t know where they will get their next meal. Second Harvest currently partners with The Family Center located at 921 South Beckett Street in Columbia, Tenn.
“After 40 years, Second Harvest still exists for one purpose – to feed hungry people in our
communities. And with our Partner Agencies and volunteers, we will not stop until everyone
who is hungry has access to nutritious food,” Day added.