KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, food is top of mind for community groups. If you’re thinking of hosting a holiday food drive, an East Tennessee food bank created a list to help.

Organizers with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee on Monday shared food drive items for the upcoming holidays.

“Hosting a food drive is an easy way to gather friends and family together for a great purpose,” the nonprofit’s social media post states.

The list of items includes the following:

  • Rice
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned yams
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Boxed stuffing
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meat
  • Canned beans
  • Canned cranberry sauce

Groups that are interested in creating a food drive for Second Harvest can contact their food drive coordinator:

The food bank is also offering mobile distributions for the month of November.

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Coordinators say Second Harvest’s Mobile Distribution brings a truck to a designated area for folks to drive-thru to receive food. For more details about each distribution, please head over to our website: For questions about our Mobile Distributions, please email