Food collected during the Food Drive benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America of Southwest Virginia and is distributed through non-profit organizations that serve people in need in the region. Both Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America of Southwest Virginia are members of Feeding America, the nation’s largest Food Bank Network. Food Banks rely on support from the communities they serve to help feed people in need. Everyone who is able is encouraged to donate to the Food Drive.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America of Southwest Virginia report the need for food assistance is at an all-time high. As many as one out of five people lives in poverty and two out of five children may be hungry. The Junior Leagues of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol along with Food City are responding to the increased need for food with their annual food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America Southwest Virginia at area Food City locations on Saturday, April 13.
Food collection bins will be at participating Food City locations April 6-13, and Junior League Members will be giving out paper collection bags at participating Food City stores encouraging people to donate food. Promotional fliers will be in area newspapers on Sunday, April 7 with more information about the food drive.
Most needed items for the food drive include canned and boxed goods such as meats, vegetables, pastas and fruits.
The Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Junior Leagues reach out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.