Group partners with Second Harvest to deliver food to seniors

East Tenn. group partners with Second Harvest to deliver food to seniors

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"It's one thing to go in there and keep them in a clean house and help them with a bath, like our caregivers do. It's another thing to go in there and do that for them and know that they're starving," said Tim Howell, CEO of SCHAS. "It's one thing to go in there and keep them in a clean house and help them with a bath, like our caregivers do. It's another thing to go in there and do that for them and know that they're starving," said Tim Howell, CEO of SCHAS.
SCHAS provides a number of in-home services to seniors in more than 20 area counties. Making sure they have enough food to eat has recently become one of their main duties, and they couldn't do it without Second Harvest. SCHAS provides a number of in-home services to seniors in more than 20 area counties. Making sure they have enough food to eat has recently become one of their main duties, and they couldn't do it without Second Harvest.
SCHAS partnered with Second Harvest four years ago. Second Harvest drops loads of food off at the SCHAS office. Caregivers then deliver it to the seniors, many of whom would be desperate without it. SCHAS partnered with Second Harvest four years ago. Second Harvest drops loads of food off at the SCHAS office. Caregivers then deliver it to the seniors, many of whom would be desperate without it.
"The whole philosophy of Second Harvest is to get food and get it in the hands of the people who can make a difference with it on the front line," said Sam Compton with Second Harvest. "The whole philosophy of Second Harvest is to get food and get it in the hands of the people who can make a difference with it on the front line," said Sam Compton with Second Harvest.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One way Second Harvest Food Bank gets food to the people who need it most across East Tennessee is through a number of partnerships. One of those is with Senior Citizens Home Assistance Services.

SCHAS provides a number of in-home services to seniors in more than 20 area counties. Making sure they have enough food to eat has recently become one of their main duties, and they couldn't do it without Second Harvest.

SCHAS sends caregivers into homes to do housekeeping, personal care like bathing and dressing, along with transportation -- driving them to and from wherever they need to go.

However, in recent years, they noticed another need. Many of these seniors who are on fixed incomes barely have enough food to get by.

That's a problem this agency couldn't ignore.

"It's one thing to go in there and keep them in a clean house and help them with a bath, like our caregivers do. It's another thing to go in there and do that for them and know that they're starving," said Tim Howell, CEO of SCHAS.

SCHAS partnered with Second Harvest four years ago. Second Harvest drops loads of food off at the SCHAS office. Caregivers then deliver it to the seniors, many of whom would be desperate without it.

"She heated one room in her home and lived on peanut butter in the winter. This food is critical to them," Howell said, speaking of a SCHAS client.

They give thousands of seniors a five-day supply of food each week.

"Having the solution, having Second Harvest, it changes everything for us," said Howell.

Second Harvest is thankful for the partnership as well. It helps them achieve their mission.

"The whole philosophy of Second Harvest is to get food and get it in the hands of the people who can make a difference with it on the front line," said Sam Compton with Second Harvest.

So as the need for food amongst seniors continues to grow, SCHAS is hoping you'll donate to Second Harvest.

"We would greatly appreciate it if you would support Second Harvest with this because we see the impact and we see the need and we know they're meeting the need," said Howell.

SCHAS began in 1970, and they say without the help of Second Harvest, they would have never been able to meet the needs of their clients.

Seniors across 16 counties currently receive the food drop-offs as part of their care.


Click here to learn how to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank as part of "Double Your Donation" Day.

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