Good Samaritan and other agencies that provide food to the needy are seeing more families asking for help. These are people who have seen their household budgets gutted by high food prices, the mortgage crunch and job layoffs. This has placed an added burden on charities that are struggling to keep up with demand.
That includes some 200 emergency pantries and programs across the region that help to feed needy families in our community. All of these agencies rely on Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee to help meet that need. Second Harvest distributes surplus food and grocery products to Good Samaritan, the Salvation Army 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.
As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported last week, Second Harvest has begun biweekly food box distributions at Good Samaritan to help meet the growing need. The food bank’s Mobile Pantry will be at Good Samaritan today at 10 a.m. to distribute food boxes.
Increased demand for food services has placed a strain on Second Harvest, Good Samaritan and other agencies. You can ease that burden by making a tax deductible contribution to Good Samaritan or Second Harvest. Call 928-1958 to learn how you can help Good Samaritan. You can help Second Harvest by calling 477-4053, or visiting www.netfoodbank.org. Local businesses and organizations are also urged to conduct food drives and hold fundraisers for the food bank.