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Project Thanksgiving falls short of goal, still accepting donations

Staff Report • Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 11:39 AM

KINGSPORT — Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has fallen short of its goal to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to 6,000 families in need.

As of Tuesday, about 3,600 families were still in need of sponsorship through a $25 donation, which is equivalent to about $91,000 in monetary donations. The boxes are scheduled to be given out next week, and the food bank needs to secure sponsors by Friday so the Thanksgiving meal boxes can be delivered on time.

“Project Thanksgiving touches the lives of many families in Northeast Tennessee that may not otherwise have a holiday meal for Thanksgiving,” said Rhonda Chafin, executive director of Second Harvest. “We are asking the community to consider sponsoring, which will help fill the gap to meet our commitment to community agencies so they can feed 6,000 families. The Thanksgiving boxes are for families of four or more in extreme need of food assistance.”

Second Harvest has partnered with 88.3 WCQR to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need for the last 10 years. Last year, the initiative provided Thanksgiving meal boxes for more than 6,000 families in Northeast Tennessee.

Boxes include ingredients to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey. Extra food for breakfast and some snacks for the days around Thanksgiving Day are also provided for each family, and WCQR provides a Bible with each box.

“These food boxes have been promised to local food bank agencies, and 6,000 families are depending on them this Thanksgiving,” a press release states. “The food bank needs your help to cover the cost of providing these meals to families in need.”

Donations are currently being accepted at www.netfoodbank.org or by calling the food bank at (423) 279-0430.

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