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Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee's Student Food Drive Challenge

Staff Report • Oct 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Gray, TN – Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is in its third week of the Student Food Drive Challenge, and according to the Food Bank’s leadership, the Food Drive is off to a great start. Rhonda Chafin, Food Bank Executive Director expressed her thanks and support for the students and their efforts. “We really commend the students for their attention to the issue of hunger in Northeast Tennessee. And, since we have seen a 52% increase in the number of households requesting food assistance since 2007, this food drive is quite important in helping to meet the tremendous need.” The Food Drive Challenge began on October 2, 2012 with students and advisors from area high schools student competing to collect the most food. Cash awards will be given based on the school’s population and the amount of pounds of food collected per student. While there is a monetary incentive, Chafin says that there is another, more important benefit of students participating in the Food Drive Challenge. “Students participating in this activity learn to become better servant leaders as well as develop necessary leadership skills.” Currently, the Food Drive Challenge consists of 12 Northeast Tennessee schools, and these schools have collected 6,558 lbs. of food. In 2011 the Student Food Drive Challenge collected 38,000 pounds of food, and this year’s goal is 50,000 lbs. The Food Drive Challenge runs until November 8. There is still plenty of time for area High Schools to participate in this year’s challenge. All high schools in the eight-county region that still wish to participate are encouraged to contact the Food Bank at (423)477-4053, x. 224 to sign up. The Food Bank’s mission is to secure and distribute food to non-profit charities that feed the hungry in the eight-county region of Northeast Tennessee. For more information contact Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee (423)477-4053 or visit netfoodbank.org Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee feeds the hungry by securing donations of food from national and local manufacturers, grocers and individuals and redistributing to qualified nonprofit charities and through Food Bank programs that feed the hungry in an eight county region of Northeast Tennessee composed of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi Counties. The Food Bank is a 501 c3 non-profit organization located in Gray, Tennessee and is a member of Feeding America, the Nation’s largest Food Bank network. The need for food assistance in Northeast Tennessee continues to grow. More than 8 million pounds of food and grocery products were distributed by the Food Bank during fiscal year 2012 through food bank agencies and programs serving 38,000 individuals per month. The Food Bank encourages the community to get involved in helping feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee. Ways to help include making a monetary donation, becoming a Food Bank agency, volunteering or holding a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

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