Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee is one of the food banks that has helped to pioneer a successful program to help feed children. Food for Kids began by sending backpacks loaded with nutritious snacks and individually packaged heat-and-eat meals home with needy students in Johnson City schools.
Individual donations and corporate sponsorship have allowed Second Harvest to expand the program to other school systems in our region. More than 3,600 children are served annually by the program.
Officials say there are millions of schoolchildren who arrive at class on Monday mornings too hungry to concentrate. Even though schools are serving more free or discounted breakfasts and lunches during the week, students often go hungry on the weekend.
You can help feed needy schoolchildren by helping Second Harvest’s Food for Kids program. A contribution of $125 will fill one child’s backpack with healthy food for one school year.
No child in the Upstate should ever go to bed hungry. Call Second Harvest at 477-4053 today to learn how you can help.