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Our Food Distribution Network

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee relies on a network of growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, grocery stores and individuals to donate food and other grocery items that we distribute to the community through nonprofit agencies, or Partner Agencies, throughout our 46-county service area. Financial contributions to Second Harvest also enable us to purchase food through a comprehensive co-op program. This allows us to better supply our Partner Agencies with the items they need the most.

Our Partner Agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes and youth enrichment programs located in 46 counties throughout Middle and West Tennessee. These agencies work within their local community to distribute the food received from Second Harvest directly to those in need.

Together, we are bigger, better, stronger and more efficient than the sum of our parts. Working as a cohesive system is the only way we can truly solve the hunger crisis in Middle and West Tennessee.

"Pounds per Person in Poverty"

Pounds per Person in Poverty (PPiP) is the measurement of the number of pounds of food distributed annually to each person recorded as being in poverty (according to U.S. Census data) within each county that Second Harvest Food Bank serves. These pounds of food and other grocery items are distributed from Second Harvest Food Bank to its Partner Agencies, who in turn distribute the food within their local community to those in need. This measurement allows Second Harvest and its Partner Agencies to monitor how successfully they meet their mission to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues by strategically distributing food to those in need.

Healthy Food Bank Hub

The Healthy Food Bank Hub is a project and platform developed in partnership with Feeding America and network food banks, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and National Dairy CouncilĀ®. The Hub provides a platform of evaluated tools and resources, showcases existing best practices and nutrition initiatives, and engages health and nutrition professionals to help fight hunger while promoting health. Visit the Hub for free resources, including nutrition education handouts, recipes, lesson plans, and more.