Blount County Meals on Wheels program feeds thousands

Blount County Meals on Wheels program feeds thousands thanks to Second Harvest

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Right now despite a few empty shelves, the stocks at the Second Harvest warehouse are good, but with daily pick-ups and deliveries that will quickly change. Right now despite a few empty shelves, the stocks at the Second Harvest warehouse are good, but with daily pick-ups and deliveries that will quickly change.
"There are 220 agencies in an 18 county service area that shop at Second Harvest. We will buy in bulk food that they need," said Elaine Streno. "There are 220 agencies in an 18 county service area that shop at Second Harvest. We will buy in bulk food that they need," said Elaine Streno.
"With Second Harvest, our meals have doubled. We've increased the meals from 150 to 300 on a daily basis," said Eric Hinkle with the Blount County Community Action Agency. "With Second Harvest, our meals have doubled. We've increased the meals from 150 to 300 on a daily basis," said Eric Hinkle with the Blount County Community Action Agency.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - The Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse is the epicenter for feeding those in need in East Tennessee.

"Out of this facility we are supplying a million meals a month through our six different feeding programs. So that's 12 million meals a year in 18 counties," said Elaine Streno, executive director of Second Harvest.

Demand that high requires an equal supply. Right now despite a few empty shelves, the stocks are good, but with daily pick-ups and deliveries that will quickly change.

"There are 220 agencies in an 18 county service area that shop at Second Harvest. We will buy in bulk food that they need," said Streno.

One of those agencies is the Blount County Community Action Agency. The food for their Meals on Wheels program is purchased primarily from Second Harvest.

"With Second Harvest, our meals have doubled. We've increased the meals from 150 to 300 on a daily basis," said Eric Hinkle with the agency.

Without Second Harvest, they would be forced to buy their food from other distributors at a much higher price.

"Seventy-five percent of what we spend, they reimburse us for, and then we will turn around and buy exactly what they need again," said Hinkle.

Keeping up with that cycle and the other food programs they provide has become more difficult in recent years.

"Where four years ago we were supplying food to 130,000 people a month, we are now supplying food to 150,000 people a month," explained Hinkle.

That's why they hope your help to make sure these shelves stay stocked year round for those who need it.

Ninety-five cents of every dollar raised goes directly to the needy, so when you donate to Second Harvest, you can feel confident your money really is going where it's needed.


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

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