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Second Harvest receives $30K grant from utility's foundation

Second Harvest Food Bank • Aug 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee has announced a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Power Foundation supporting the Food for Kids Back Pack Program. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee board and staff members believe that no child should be hungry and place extra emphasis on ensuring that hungry children have access to adequate nutrition for growing bodies and developing minds.

The Food for Kids Backpack Program supplies a bag full of healthy, ready-to-eat meals and snacks for children who are most at risk for hunger to take home from school every weekend. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee currently serves approximately 4,400 students in 137 schools throughout Northeast Tennessee. Each bag contains between 3 and 4 pounds of nutritious food for the children to eat on weekends and holidays when they don’t have access to free and reduced meals at school.

“1 in 5 children are at risk for hunger in the Northeast Tennessee region,” says Executive Director, Rhonda Chafin. “This generous grant from the Appalachian Power Foundation contributes funds to support a budget of more than $400,000 to feed the hungry children served through the Food for Kids Back Pack program.”

Volunteers at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee are already packing bags for the 2018-2019 school year. The food bank plans to serve over 4,000 students again this year. For more information about the Food for Kids Back Pack Program and other food bank programs, call (423) 279-0430 or visit www.netfoodbank.org.

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