Thanks to a generous contribution from Tyson Foods, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will be able to provide over 100,000 pounds of food to approximately 1,500 food-insecure families in Shelbyville and Bedford County where Tyson employees live and work.
With Tyson’s support, Second Harvest will host a total of six Mobile Pantries around Bedford County. Mobile Pantries provide families with one to two weeks of groceries, and they’re one of the most effective ways that we can provide food assistance to rural communities like Shelbyville.
Starting in August, we hosted one Mobile Pantry a month at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville and have already assisted about 750 families and distributed about 54,000 pounds of food. There are three more Mobile Pantries scheduled throughout the winter and many more families we can help!
Missy Long, the Kids Ministry Director at First Baptist, has already seen the positive impact of these Mobile Pantries on the community.
“The mobile food pantries have been so important for the Shelbyville area,” Long said.
“Many have told us the food has been a great help for their family. We’re very grateful for Tyson’s generous support in helping feed the hungry in our community.”
These Mobile Pantries are only possible because of Tyson’s commitment to hunger relief and dedication to giving back to its Shelbyville community.
In addition to providing the necessary resources for six Mobile Pantries, Tyson’s support also allowed us to repair a hole in the door that connects our dry warehouse to cold storage where frozen product is stored. We are now able to serve our 46 service counties more efficiently, because it has been fixed.
Building stronger, healthier communities is a commitment Tyson Foods and Second Harvest take very seriously, and because of Tyson’s donation, we turned that commitment into action.