Second Harvest serves 1.2 million meals in Blount County
By Joel Davis | (email@example.com)
Second Harvest of East Tennessee continues to take care of its adopted home.
In fiscal year 2012, Second Harvest distributed 1.2 million meals to the needy in Blount County, an estimated $2.6 million worth of food. It reached 17,486 county residents.
“We’re obviously very proud of the meals that we are able to provide knowing there is still room for us to do better,” said Executive Director Elaine Streno. “What we’ve done is solely because of the community support and the gifts they have given us. Still, the job is not done yet. The meals will have to continue until we feel that everybody in Blount County who needs to be fed is being fed.”
The agency has 54 partners and seven different feeding programs in Blount County alone. Second Harvest distributes more than 16 million pounds of food through its network of more than 500 partner organizations. The food bank serves 18 counties in East Tennessee, delivering food as far west as Crossville and as far east as Newport.
Now based in Blount County, Second Harvest moved into its new 78,000-square-foot headquarters at 136 Harvest Lane in Alcoa in September 2011. It purchased and renovated the former Walker’s Supply Company facility after the business closed its doors in 2009.
The food bank partners with 525 agencies in its service area. Its local partners include Community Food Connection, Alcoa/Maryville Church of God, Chilhowee Baptist Association, New Life Ministries in Greenback, Church of the Cove in Townsend, RIO, Louisville Christian Assistance Center, Boys and Girls Club of Blount County, Jehovah-Jireh Ministries and a domestic violence shelter.
In 2012, Second Harvest provided food for more than 13 million meals in 18 counties in East Tennessee.