Letter to the editor: Second Harvest says thanks to supporters of Sevier programs

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 09:25 PM

Editor:

The Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee has been distributing meals to the needy in Sevier County for 31 years. Annually, we have been able to increase the number of meals provided due to the incredible generosity of this community. This past year was no exception.

In 1982 Second Harvest distributed 350,000 pounds of food. This past year, 16 million pounds of food or 12 million meals was distributed to the needy. Our new 80,000 square foot facility in Maryville is allowing us to increase food distribution, facilitate more programs, events and exciting initiatives around the region.

There are approximately 205,000 individuals that live on or below the poverty line in our 18-county service area – 12,718 live in Sevier County. Here’s how we’re helping:

One million pounds of food was provided – enough for 792,372 meals.

We partner with 46 Sevier County non-profit agencies who receive food from Second Harvest such as Sevier County Food Ministry, and Bread of Life First United Methodist Church.

We serve 1148 children through our Food for Kids program (weekend food) which is operating out of 17 Sevier County schools.

We serve 16 percent of seniors living in poverty.

We are deeply grateful to all who gave to Second Harvest Food Bank in 2012. Your generous gift of food or funding enabled us to provide nutritious meals while maintaining a four-star rating with Charity Navigator – America’s Largest Charity Evaluator. We will be able to continue to deliver three meals for every $1 donated and we thank all who contributed to our success.

We will continue to work on our mission of decreasing “the gap on hunger” and filling the bellies of even more children, working poor, unemployed, elderly, and homeless. We live in an extremely generous community and I want to thank all of you for your compassionate spirit.

Elaine Streno

Executive Director

Second Harvest Food Bank

Maryville