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Junior League food drive to benefit Second Harvest, Feeding America SWVA

Staff Report • Feb 27, 2018 at 4:30 PM

KINGSPORT — The Junior Leagues of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City will hold their 28th annual food drive at local Food City locations on Saturday.

The food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America Southwest Virginia. Food City has cosponsored and promoted the event every year.

What is Junior League?

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.

Junior Leagues reach out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism. Their purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Where can you donate?

Food collection bins will be available at participating Food City locations starting Friday. Junior League members will be giving out collection bags at stores on Saturday.

Fliers listing most-needed items, such as canned meats, vegetables, pastas, fruits and boxed goods, will be in local newspapers this week.

How will the food be distributed?

Second Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America Southwest Virginia will receive the donations from store locations in their respective regions and distribute the food to nonprofits that serve people in need.

Both Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America Southwest Virginia are members of Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank network.

Why should you donate?

The need for food is high this spring, and this is the first large-scale, regionwide food drive of 2018. Junior League members encourage everyone to get involved in hunger relief by making a food donation Saturday.

Last year, the Junior League food drive collected 22,404 pounds of food. A goal of 30,000 pounds has been set for this year.

What are some other ways you can help?

In addition to donating to the food drive, you can make a monetary donation or volunteer your time at your local food bank.

More information is available online at www.netfoodbank.org and www.faswva.org.

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