MARYVILLE (WATE) - The parking lot at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson is usually filled with motorcycles, but Wednesday it was trucks packed full of donations heading to Second Harvest.
"Anything that's going to help our community, especially Second Harvest.," said Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson Marketing Director, Kat Johnson. "Feeding the hungry in East Tennessee is absolutely important. They're right in our back yard and they do a lot to help us and a lot to help the community and anyway to help is just fantastic for us."
They weren't the only ones to answer the call. Second Harvest asked several major corporations to fill up a truck and join a caravan to the food bank warehouse. It's all part of the first-ever Haulin' for the Hungry benefit.
"We were very fortunate in having Food City, U.S. Foods, Sysco, Pepsi," said Second Harvest Community Events Coordinator Teri Lux. "They were all very willing to donate product to replenish our food bank this year."
When the trucks arrive at Second Harvest, it's hoped their contents will help the food bank fill the void on the shelves left behind after the holidays.
"It's a hard time of year for the food bank and we're just very fortunate that we live in a community that's so giving," said Lux.
The donations that stock the shelves of the warehouse go out to help feed those in need all over East Tennessee.
"168,000 families is what we're feeding each month," said Lux.
With numbers like that, the donations will go out almost as quickly as they came in, which is why the food bank asks everyone to always donate what they can. They say a small donation is just as important as these truck loads.
If you would like to make a donation to Second Harvest you can drop one off at its warehouse at 136 Harvest Lane in Maryville or visit their website.