Ms. Elaine Streno, Executive Director
136 Harvest Lane
Maryville, TN 37801
Food for Kids FY21 – $70,000
The Food for Kids program is a collaborative effort between Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and public schools within the food bank’s 18-county service area to provide a source of weekend food augmentation year-round to children on an as-needed basis. The program provides healthy, easily prepared food to the most vulnerable children in our community who miss meals on a regular basis due to financial distress and instability in their families. Participating students receive discreet packs of lightweight, nutritious foods they can carry home on Fridays in their backpacks, providing them and any siblings not yet school age with 3 ½ meals over the weekend to augment their diets when they do not have access to free school breakfasts and lunches.
Food Rescue FY21 – $125,000
The Food Rescue program at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee procures nearly 5 million pounds of food from Knox County food-related businesses annually that would otherwise be thrown away and delivers it to partnering hunger-relief agencies to be directly distributed to Knox County residents in need of food augmentation. The Food Rescue program is critical to these Knox County agencies as it provides a free supply source of high quality, nutritious foods delivered to their door in refrigerated trucks, which enables them to distribute $7.7 million dollars’ worth of donated food providing nearly 4 million meals to food-insecure people in Knox County each year. Through its Food Rescue program, Second Harvest Food Bank actively leads the Knox County community in its fight to end hunger by providing an effective way for grocery stores, restaurants, food distributors and manufacturers and farms to join forces with food-relief agencies to feed adults, children and seniors at risk of hunger in Knox County.
“We are serving 18 counties of East Tennessee to help eliminate or reduce hunger. We have 500 partners in 18 counties, and we presently have 7 different feeding programs going on in these communities.”