Knoxville, TN – B&W Y-12 employees delivered food, a $6,500 corporate contribution and more than $2,100 in employee donations to Second Harvest Food Bank today. The delivery is aimed to draw attention to Second Harvest’s efforts to feed the hungry and to encourage other individuals and businesses to contribute.
“Due to economic hard times, food donations are down this year while demand for food is up,” said Second Harvest Executive Director Elaine Streno. In October 2008, 130,000 people, including many seniors and children, needed food from Second Harvest. This October, the number was 165,000. “We help 159 schools feed over 7,500 kids in East Tennessee,” Streno added.
From its 21,000-square-foot warehouse in Knoxville, Second Harvest provides food to people in 18 counties – Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union. Second Harvest Food Bank works with a network of agency partners such as church pantries, shelters, group homes, community kitchens, schools and many other organizations that serve the needy.
B&W Y-12 operates the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. President Darrel Kohlhorst and other staff will tour Second Harvest’s facility Tuesday, and Second Harvest officials will be available to discuss their program. If you would like photos after Tuesday’s event, please contact B&W Y-12 Public Affairs: Ellen Boatner (865-241-4937) or Ryn Etter (865-241-3366).
If you are interested in supporting Second Harvest, or work as part of an agency or food bank and are interested in setting up an interview with a Second Harvest representative, please call Elaine Streno at 865-850-4284. For more info visit: www.secondharvestknox.org
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Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, a member of Feeding America, has worked to eliminate hunger since 1982. In 2009, this organization provided food for more than 9.7 million meals in 18 counties in East Tennessee. With 6 major programs and 450 Agency/Food Partners, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee distributes food to more than 145,000 kids, adults and seniors each month.