Officials with Nashville-based Second Harvest Food Bank announced Tuesday the nonprofit is about 2.9 million meals short of its holiday food drive needs.
Second Harvest launched Feeding Hope Challenge on Nov. 1 with the goal of providing 8 million meals to hungry men, women and children during the holiday season and throughout the nonprofit’s 46-county service area in Middle and West Tennessee.
To date, the campaign has raised approximately 5.1 million meals, Second Harvest said in a release.
“An astonishing one in six Americans live on the edge of hunger — and in a suffering economy, these numbers will only grow,” Tasha Kennard, vice president of marketing and communications for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, said in the release. “Hunger in Tennessee is real and pervasive — from inner-city neighborhoods to rural towns, as well as suburban communities of all appearances. In our 46-county service area, requests for food assistance has increased by 40 percent while food donations are down 15 percent.”
The community can participate by making a donation at www.secondharvestmidtn.org, by hosting a food drive or by dropping off non-perishable food donations at participating Kroger, Publix, Food Lion and Whole Foods locations.