Grocery store chain gives huge boost to Second Harvest Food Bank

Grocery store chain gives huge boost to Second Harvest Food Bank

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Kroger dropped off close to 80 pallets of food on Wednesday to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Kroger dropped off close to 80 pallets of food on Wednesday to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
"This is what the community did," said Elaine Streno of Second Harvest. "The community raised $81,000 through this event and we're going to be able to provide meals throughout the 18-county service area." "This is what the community did," said Elaine Streno of Second Harvest. "The community raised $81,000 through this event and we're going to be able to provide meals throughout the 18-county service area."
Kroger donated more than $81,000 to the food bank. Kroger donated more than $81,000 to the food bank.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - The back of the Second Harvest Food Bank looked like the back of any Kroger store on stock day Wednesday morning, but special events coordinator Stephanie Turner says the trucks were there on a different task.

"Each truck will hold about 21 pallets," said Turner "So close to over 80 pallets is what was brought in this morning."

Those pallets are all going right onto the shelves of the food bank. It's all courtesy of Kroger's "Can Hunger" campaign - a campaign Second Harvest's Elaine Streno says will make a huge dent in their mission.

"This food that's being delivered is going to provide 243,000 meals," said Streno.

And when you're providing one million meals a month, that makes a huge difference.

"This is what the community did," said Streno. "The community raised $81,000 through this event and we're going to be able to provide meals throughout the 18-county service area."

"All of our Kroger customers are just absolutely wonderful and they show their generosity most during the holidays," added Turner.

That generosity tends to bottom out after the holidays are over, leaving empty shelves in the food bank's warehouse. This year its stock is down by 40 percent.

"It's a tough time usually in January," said Streno. "We get a lot of attention and then it's hard sometimes for people to think I just gave, should I give again?"

But Streno says they most definitely have, and this boost means they won't have to turn away any of the 160,000 people who rely on the food bank every day.

The food bank says a donation of just one dollar provides three meals to those in need. If you would like to make a donation to Second Harvest just call 865-521-0000 or visit their website.

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