On behalf of the hungry families and individuals we serve in our eight-county region, we at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee thank you and The Tomahawk for supporting the Food Bank in the Walmart Fighting Hunger Together Facebook campaign. We are pleased to report that our community was one of the 20 selected to receive a $50,000 grant as a result of this campaign. Your assistance was of great benefit in our efforts to spread awareness of the campaign and helped enable us to secure cotes for our community.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has led the effort to end hunger in Northeast Tennessee for 25 years, and is the only food bank serving the eight-county region incorporating Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. The Food Banks vision is that no one in Northeast Tennessee will go hungry due to lack of access to food. In Fiscal Year 2011, the Food Bank distributed over 8 million pounds of food to hungry families and individuals in Northeast Tennessee (equivalent to six million meals) through its partner agencies, programs and services. Food was provided for an average of over 36,000 per month, an increase of more than 3,000 people per month receiving food from Second Harvest Food Bank in the previous year. Since 2007, Second Harvest has seen a 46% increase in the number of households requiring emergency food assistance.
It is only through the generosity of community members like you that Second Harvest Food can continue to assist those in need and realize the vision of a hunger-free Northeast Tennessee, and we greatly appreciate your support.