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Mary Beth Pacsi: It’s My Turn to Give Back

This Volunteer Appreciation Month, we’re celebrating one of our most passionate volunteers, Mary Best Pacsi. The day after she retired, Mary Beth Pacsi knew she had to find something to fill her new-found time. A few weeks later, she was at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee seeing how she could contribute to our Read More

LifePoint Health: A Class of Their Own

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, we’re celebrating our friends at LifePoint Health for their tremendous volunteer efforts. Whether it is sorting food in our warehouse, hosting a Mobile Pantry, or assisting at a Kids Cafe, LifePoint Health volunteers have donated their time to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in almost every way Read More

Lessons That Last

Nutrition lessons provide at-risk students with food for today and knowledge for tomorrow. It’s an overcast day in Nashville, but despite the dreary weather, a group of Tusculum Elementary School students are a buzz with laughter and conversation as they file into the cafeteria. These young students are enrolled in our Kids Cafe program, which provides them Read More

Discussing Health and Hunger with LifePoint

A nutritious diet is essential if you want to live a long, healthy life. However, for the one in seven people facing hunger in Middle Tennessee, accessing fresh produce, calcium-packed dairy, and protein-rich meats is a challenge. Less expensive alternatives are often low in nutrients and can have harmful effects on their long-term health. In Read More

Feeding Hope with John Rich

Now a long-time supporter of Second Harvest, the country music star shares how his childhood was affected by hunger. You don’t have to explain the importance of a food bank to John Rich. He knows. Growing up in Amarillo, Texas, his father worked three to four jobs to provide for Rich and his three siblings. Read More

Feeding Hope with Debbie Mayberry

Debbie Mayberry is a retired teacher, but every afternoon, you can find her in McMurray Middle School’s cafeteria with a lunch table full of students. Debbie runs the school’s Kids Cafe, a program that provides students with meals, snacks, and nutrition education throughout the school year and summer months. After over seven years as the site Read More

Ms. Cheap’s Penny Drive Has a Record-Breaking Year

Ms. Cheap’s yearly Penny Drive raises nearly $87,000! In its biggest fundraising year to date, Ms. Cheap’s Penny Drive collected an incredible $86,939 for children, families, and seniors struggling with hunger in Middle Tennessee. This year’s grand total surpassed last year’s by over $1,600 and will provide more than 340,000 meals to those in need. Read More

Eat This, Not That

An easy guide to making healthier choices at the grocery store. Eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as making smarter choices at the grocery store by opting for the more nutritious version of foods you already eat. In honor of Nutrition Month, Abi Hughes, a registered dietician at Second Harvest Read More

Women In Need Find Food And Confidence At Greenhouse Ministries

Vanessa worked for decades in a factory and raised two boys on her own. Now she’s disabled and relies on a small amount of food stamps to buy limited groceries. She says as hard as she tries to stretch her resources, the last week of the month is always a struggle. That’s why she was so relieved Read More

With Gratitude, From Paul

Having nutritious food to eat at home is something we often take for granted, but it couldn’t be more important — especially for neighbors like Paul who are facing health problems. Medicine or food? Paul’s disability forced him to stop working, so now he depends on a small, fixed monthly income. He often worries about making Read More