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Southern Branch Opens in Rutherford County

In an effort to better serve those facing hunger in Middle Tennessee, we are excited to announce the opening of our Southern Branch! Last Thursday, we strengthened our commitment to our mission and the people we serve by opening a Southern Branch in Rutherford County. This 86,000 square-foot distribution center will house food bank operations Read More

This School Pantry Is Stocked Because of You

The school pantry at Tusculum Elementary is the main reason some students go to sleep with full stomachs. “We had children sneaking food from the cafeteria before because they were so hungry,” said Rebecca Hulse, family involvement specialist at Tusculum Elementary School in Nashville. “We realized on weekends they weren’t getting food unless we were Read More

Kids at West Nashville Dream Center Have Fuel to Focus on Their Futures

A healthy meal today could mean a brighter future tomorrow for food-insecure children. After school each weekday, students can sit down to a full, healthy meal at the West Nashville Dream Center. Darah Kerpka runs the Kids Cafe program at the center, supported by a partnership between Preston-Taylor Ministries and Second Harvest. She said it’s Read More

The Darden Foundation Donates $24,000 to Fight Hunger

We recently received a generous gift of $24,000 from The Darden Foundation to support our hunger fighting efforts in Middle and West Tennessee. The Darden Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Darden Restaurants, the group behind Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse. For the past six years, the foundation has worked with Feeding America and its Read More

You Help Feed Nashville’s Most Vulnerable Children

Our BackPack program provides relief and stability to thousands of homeless children in Nashville. For children without a stable home, your generosity makes a significant difference. Catherine Knowles sees your gifts in action firsthand: She’s the homeless education program coordinator at Metro Nashville Public Schools. Catherine’s office reaches about 3,400 kids with clothing, referrals, and Read More

Feeding Hope with Anne Holt and News 2

Anne Holt and News 2 WKRN have championed our mission to fight hunger for more than 35 years! News 2 WKRN first took up the fight against hunger more than 35 years ago. Anne Holt, news anchor at the time, remembers learning about our efforts and joining the cause as spokesperson for the station’s Food Read More

Spring Events Will Provide Over 1.5 Million Meals For Those In Need

Spring is always a busy time of year at the food bank, and 2018 was no exception! Whether you joined us in Nashville for Stars for Second Harvest or in Huntingdon for Shooting Hunger West, there were plenty of ways to get out in our community this spring and support our mission. Altogether, our spring Read More

Vans4Cans with Lee Company

Lee Company is a partner of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and will be hosting Vans4Cans to inspire people to take action and raise awareness about hunger issues in our community. With 1 in 8 Middle Tennesseans struggling with hunger, including 1 in 5 children, we all have a role to play in getting food Read More

For Hungry Children, Summer Break Isn’t a Vacation

We think of summer as every kid’s favorite time of year. School’s out, and they can enjoy two months of carefree fun. Right? Not quite. For the 121,530 children facing hunger in Middle and West Tennessee, summer can be the hungriest time of year. Summer Break Is Broken Thousands of children receive free breakfasts and Read More

We Took on the SNAP Challenge

Over a million Tennessee residents rely on SNAP benefits to eat. To better understand how the program works and what it’s like to live off of SNAP, a group of our food bankers took part in the SNAP Challenge. The Challenge For three days, participants could only spend $8.28 on food per person per day. That includes Read More