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Help Second Harvest feed hungry residents

Staff Report • Oct 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

With Thanksgiving now less than five weeks away, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee needs your help in filling the pantry. The food bank provides services to more than 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, children’s homes across the region.Second Harvest Food Bank is also the Feeding America affiliate that distributes surplus food and grocery products to the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan and other charities that feed the hungry in Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. Second Harvest pantries and food kitchens assist more than 20,000 families a month. Statistics indicate that nearly 44 percent of those who rely on these services skip at least one meal a day or go to bed hungry on a regular basis.The need for food assistance is the greatest around the holidays, and this year is no exception. Second Harvest already has begun sending out pleas for donations in preparation for what is expected to be a busy Thanksgiving for the food bank.Requests for food assistance in the Upstate have increased dramatically over the past few years. That is why Second Harvest and its corporate and community sponsors are asking for your help to fill the shelves at this crucial time. For more information, call Second Harvest at 477-4053, or visit www.netfoodbank.org.

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