Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

aka SHFB-ET

Maryville, TN

Mission

Second Harvest Food Bank is leading our community in the fight to end hunger.
We provide food, services, and education to address nutritional needs of all people at risk in an 18-county service area, including: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Hamblen, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.
Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for nonprofit agencies in East Tennessee, accounting for 78% of the food distributed by pantries, 68% of the food distributed by soup kitchens, and 54% of the food distributed by shelters and drug-rehab centers. Many of the agencies who feed the hungry would not be able to keep their doors open were it not for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.
Second Harvest Food Bank provides the following services to meet the needs of our communities:
1) Distributes over 15 million meals of food annually through six major food-distribution programs.
2) Recovers 8 million pounds of perishable foods that would otherwise be discarded, and redistributes that food to local soup kitchens, food pantries, and senior facilities who directly serve the hungry.
3) Provides supplemental food for over 12,150 elementary school children over the weekends during the school year.
4) Collaborates with Knox County Community Action Committee and the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service Inc. to meet the nutritional needs of approximately 950 seniors through our Senior Outreach.
5) Administers Federal Food Programs (USDA) for local agencies.
6) Provides education for partners agencies, including ServSafe training.

Ruling Year

1981

Executive Director

Mrs. Elaine Streno

Main Address

136 Harvest Lane

Maryville, TN 37801 USA

Keywords

hunger, poverty, education, children, food, seniors, partners

EIN

58-1450139

 Number

1774469122

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Programs + Results

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Second Harvest Food Bank is leading our community in the fight to end hunger.
We provide food, services, and education to address nutritional needs of all people at risk in an 18-county service area, including: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Hamblen, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.
Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for nonprofit agencies in East Tennessee, accounting for 78% of the food distributed by pantries, 68% of the food distributed by soup kitchens, and 54% of the food distributed by shelters and drug-rehab centers. Many of the agencies who feed the hungry would not be able to keep their doors open were it not for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

Our programs

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Food Rescue

Food Sourcing

Food for Kids

Route Delivery

Mobile Pantry

Senior Outreach

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Second Harvest Food Bank is engaging our community in the fight to end hunger by providing the right type of food to hungry East Tennesseans. Our goal is to shift the food banking model to focus on nutritious but cost-effective foods, like whole grain cereals, dried beans, dried rice and fresh foods like produce from local farms and day-old/non-sale foods from local grocers. Second Harvest currently has an inventory mix of over 59% of the most nutritious products and is reaching 3/4th of the hungry in our community. Over the next 5 years we are working to increase the amount of food distributed by an additional 1 million pounds of quality product. At that level, we would have the supplies, logistics and product-mix to meet the challenge of hunger for all demographic segments in each geographic region of East Tennessee.

Expanding relationships with local farms to source new fresh-food product donations.
Aggressively seeking financial backing from regional corporate leaders to enable Second Harvest to purchase an additional one million pounds of product annually.
Establish new partners in the few geographic regions of East Tennessee currently underserved in our distribution model.

Second Harvest is recognized as the leading entity in East Tennessee in the fight to eliminate local hunger. Over 320 non-profits and 259 schools throughout 18 counties depend on the food bank and understand the value that the food bank brings to the region. Our board, staff, and various volunteer committees have taken on the challenge of expanding the food bank's donor base (particularly corporate donors) to meet the financial challenges associated with sourcing another million pounds of quality product.

Central to our ability to expand services to accomplish the mission is our 86,000 sq ft distribution facility -- acquired and fully financed through a successful capital campaign ending in 2015. This new facility enables mass-bulk purchases of product which yield significant cost savings and affords storage space enabling opportunity purchases that would be overlooked without ample storage space.

We measure success geographically, demographically and by product quality.
Our overall goal is to serve every person in poverty across East TN 100 pounds (the equivalent of 70 meals) of quality food per year.
This level of service would effectively eliminate hunger in our community according to internal and external quality measurements. See FeedingAmerica.org and search OneGoal for more national standards on this subject.

We continue to transition toward a more healthy inventory mix and are now limiting donations of specific types of unhealthy product, namely snack foods and sugary beverages. While this originally lead to a decrease in overall pounds of food available to serve the hungry, we have increased purchasing to augment food needed to fulfill our agencies orders. Although that is a costly strategy, it has positively impacted the overall percent of our distributed inventory that is considered to be healthy.

Through our Healthy Food Initiative started in 2013, we have increased the percentage of "green" food -- those foods of the highest nutritional value, such as proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables, and multi-grain products by over 24% in the past four years. This represents 1.1 million additional pounds of the most nutritious food distributed in calendar year 2016 over the distribution of green products in 2012.

Second Harvest is now distributing an average of 86.2 meals per person living in poverty across the 18 counties of our service area per year, 23% over the goal of 70 meals per person in need established in 2015 by Feeding America. With a goal of 70 meals/person in EACH of our 18 counties as our ultimate goal, we have the elimination of hunger in East Tennessee within sight.

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Financials

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Policy: Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee views diversity as an approach that recognizes and values our individual differences and utilizes them in a way that contributes to the organization and helps us reach our full potential. Therefore, the Food Bank, as well as our Board of Directors, will continue to recognize diversity as one strategic mechanism to eradicate hunger in East Tennessee. The Food Bank staff and Board of Directors will cultivate policies and procedures that not only reaffirm our Equal Employment Opportunity standards but create an inclusive environment for Board members, staff, volunteers, and those we serve.