Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Feeding Hope

Nashville, TN   |


We provide food to people facing hunger and work to advance hunger solutions.

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Ms. Nancy Keil

Main address

331 Great Circle Road

Nashville, TN 37228 USA

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NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We solve for hunger and food insecurity. These factors contribute to poor health, anxiety, lower grades in school and behavioral problems.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Food Box Program

Through the Emergency Food Box Program (EFB), Second Harvest distributes emergency food items via 16 Nashville satellite locations to individuals and families in crisis. Each Emergency Food Box contains enough to feed a household for about three days. Boxes contain meats, vegetables, fruits, peanut butter, crackers, cereal, bread, baking goods, and more. Last year, we distributed 39,687 food boxes in Davidson County. As we face rising fuel & food prices amid increasingly uncertain economic times, we must maintain the stability of a food safety net in Nashville. Second Harvest operates its Emergency Food Box program in the following locations: East Nashville Co-Op, Salvation Army Magness Potter Center, Salvation Army Laotian Corps, St. Luke's Community House, Kayne Avenue Baptist Church, Watkins Park Community Center, Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, Una Church of Christ, St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, Christian Cooperative Ministry, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Martha O'Bryan Center, Temple Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church, Napier Community Center, Hamilton United Methodist Church, and Madison Hispanic-American Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Community Food Partners distributes food to 490 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 Tennessee counties, including day care centers, youth development programs, senior centers, foster care facilities, emergency shelters, and community centers.

Middle Tennessee’s Table (formerly Nashville’s Table) now rescues excess food from 232 grocery stores like Kroger, Publix, Food Lion, Sam’s and Wal-Mart. This food is then sorted and distributed throughout our 46-county service area.

The Mobile Pantry Program also falls under Community Food Partners. This program allows us to hold large-scale food distributions, usually in rural areas, without requiring food storage capacity. Hosted by a Partner Agency, in just a few hours Mobile Pantries distribute almost 20,000 lbs of food to about 220 households. In FYE 2018, we delivered 4.9 million pounds of food via 244 Mobile Pantry distributions. On average, 50% of the food distributed at a Mobile Pantry is comprised of perishable, nutrition-rich items that enhance dietary options for food insecure people.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Kids Cafe is an evening meal program designed to feed children from low-income families. In FYE18, the program provided 20,374 meals and 79,342 snacks to 1,373 food insecure children. Kids Cafe also provides daily summer breakfasts and snacks.

The BackPack program bridges the weekend nutrition gap for children who are unlikely to receive proper nutrition at home when school meals are not available. Participating students are selected by school teachers, counselors, or other school personnel, based on their knowledge of students’ situations. On Friday afternoons, the students are given plastic zipper bags of food to slip into their own backpacks. In FYE18, the BackPack Program distributed 220,539 BackPack bags to 6,405 food insecure students every Friday of the school year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Project Preserve has been a program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee since 1992. The program leverages economies of scale, manufacturing, and logistics expertise to provide a comprehensive co-op and manufacturing program to our partner agencies, food banks and other nonprofit organizations. Our team coordinates purchasing of core grocery and household items—saving food banks both time and money—therefore enabling us to feed more food insecure people each day. Project Preserve distributes more than 40 million pounds of food and grocery products to 130 food banks across the country each year.

As food donations decrease across the nationwide Feeding America Network, the sourcing of quality food items becomes increasingly important to all Food Banks, especially Second Harvest. Project Preserve serves to lower the cost of purchased food by acquiring items in bulk, allowing us to provide even more meals for every dollar spent. We hope to continue to be a low-cost resource for Food Banks across the country.

Cook Chill is an incredible innovation we strongly encourage our community to come and witness first hand. This USDA-inspected facility cooks bulk recipes at 180 degrees, bags the food into 2, 4, and 8 pound bags, then chills the bags at 40 degrees so they can be frozen. Once frozen, this food—that once had a shelf life of perhaps a week—is now stable for over two years and can be easily prepared in just a few minutes. In one shift, Cook Chill can produce over 20,000 entrees or 37,000 side items. Using over eighty recipes and producing our own nutritional labels, this remarkable facility produces over a million meals every year.

In December 2016, we launched a new phase in food production when we began using donated tomatoes to produce spaghetti sauce in shelf-stable pouches. This is the first time a food bank anywhere has achieved this innovation, and hungry families now go home from pantries with this nutritious product.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Affiliate of the Year 2003

Feeding America

Model Program Award 2003

Feeding America

Innovation In Action Award 2003

The Frist Foundation

Salute to Excellence - Making a Difference 2005

Center for Nonprofit Management

Fundraising Award - Direct Mail - 1st Place 2002

Association of Fundraising Professionals

4 Star Rating 2013

Charity Navigator

Mutual of America Community Partnership Award 2013

Mutual of America Foundation

Top Workplaces 2015

The Tennessean

Salute to Excellence-Sustainable Practices Award 2015

Center for Nonprofit Management

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 1988

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1986

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 1998

Volunteer Administrator's Network 1989

Community Resource Center - Nashville 2002

Hands On Network 1998

United Way Member Agency 1980

American National Red Cross 1980

America's Second Harvest - Affiliate 1980

Volunteer Administrator's Network 1980

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2011

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

1.2 pounds of food per meal. Metrics are reported by fiscal year. For example, the 2020 total is for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s mission is to feed hungry people and to work to solve hunger issues in our community. All of our goals revolve around this central mission. Every year Second Harvest works to distribute food to a network of 460+ hunger fighting partners in each of the 46 Middle Tennessee counties we serve.

Second Harvest is focused on the strategic goal of distributing 35.5 million meals by the end of our fiscal year in June 2020. To do so, we must: 1) Maximize donated food resources – including grocery and farm rescue, product donations, and food drives; 2) Diversify and engage more volunteers; 3) Raise funds to help replace our struggling fleet of trucks and warehouse equipment, so that we can rescue more food efficiently and safely; and 4) Increase agency capacity so that we can reach outlying areas more effectively.

In addition to increasing capacity to serve more hungry Tennesseans, we are committed to enhancing the nutritional content of distributed food in order to nourish the most vulnerable populations. We are also working to expand services via senior programs and school food pantries.

The collective aim of these goals is to create an efficient supply chain of food that serves every community in Middle Tennessee. In doing so, our hope is that no community member should have to go without food in the pantry and on the table.

Our strategy for fighting hunger in Tennessee revolves around collaborating with Middle and West Tennessee communities to collect and distribute food to those who need it most. We do this by:

1) Acquiring Food: Second Harvest collects food via our grocery rescue program, and by purchasing needed items and organizing food drives. To rescue food, Second Harvest works with a network of around 220 Grocery Stores to collect millions of pounds of excess food that would otherwise go to waste. We acquire more than two million pounds of food each year from community food drives. In total, we collected 33 million pounds of donated food in the 2018-2019 fiscal year from community donations and grocery rescue. Finally, Second Harvest operates a unique co-op purchasing and manufacturing social entrepreneurship program, which leverages economies of scale to purchase food in bulk. This operation, called Project Preserve, allows us to offer nutritious product to partner agencies at very low cost and to other food banks nationally at a price margin that brings in revenue to support our local hunger relief.

2) Sorting Food: All acquired food comes through our distribution center where volunteers organize, weigh, sort, and inspect all foods for distribution to the network of partner agencies. Second Harvest depends on community groups, corporations, churches, and universities to log more than 91,000 volunteer hours each year sorting food destined for hungry community members. We plan to maximize efficiency through a capital campaign that expands warehouse and food sorting capacity in our Nashville location and adds distribution centers in key locations west and south of Nashville.

3) Distributing Food: Second Harvest maintains a network of 490+ Partner Agencies; these organizations are soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, and after school programs, among others. Second Harvest distributes all acquired food to these partners. Our partner agencies then distribute all food to the people in their communities who need it the most. Using this model, Second Harvest is able to serve more people, with more food, more often. Additionally, this model allows the partner agencies that we work with to focus their resources on helping their clients with life’s many other pressing needs.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has been in operation since 1978, and serves 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. We are a charter member and one of the largest and most comprehensive affiliates of Feeding America, a national network of food banks. We have a history of working with over 460 agencies throughout the region to provide hunger relief and have worked tirelessly to reduce food insecurity for the 346,050 Tennesseans in our service area who are at risk of hunger.

Thanks to an enduring relationship with many community partners, drivers pick up and deliver food six days a week throughout our service area, which covers more than 20,000 square miles. Rescued food is inspected and sorted at the Nashville, Smyrna, and Camden warehouses, which receives and distributes hundreds of thousands of pounds of food daily. At the end of the 2019 fiscal year, we distributed over 34.8 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 29 million meals.

Ninety-six cents of every dollar donated goes directly to our programs and services. We keep administration and overhead low so we can provide more food to more people more often.

Since 2008, we have experienced a staggering 300% increase in the number of meals distributed within our service area. With even more food to be rescued and more families struggling through difficult times, the board and leadership staff have every intention of continuing this aggressive growth strategy. We have made great strides towards the strategic goal of 35 million meals by 2020, and in the most recent fiscal year distributed the equivalent of 29 million meals.

A professional analysis of our distribution system pointed to greater efficiency if we added a distribution facility near population centers south of Nashville and to the west. To accomplish our 35 million meal goal, we also must maximize the use of our available Nashville facility. Renovation and expansion efforts are now complete. In 2018, we opened two additional distribution centers to increase our capacity and reach within our service area. One in Smyrna to better serve the southern counties in our serve area, and one to the west in Camden, serving the counties of West Tennessee. Additionally, we built a 13,000 sq. ft. freezer expansion on our Nashville warehouse, converted existing space to refrigerated and produce-sorting zones, and added The Market for agencies to "shop" for things they need. Now we will be able to better accommodate agencies and facilitate the sorting of more perishable foods like nutritious produce as well as protein-rich meat and dairy. Previously, as the warehouse operated consistently at-or-near capacity, food that could have otherwise go to feed hungry people was truly being left behind. Increasing capacity in our rural western counties by opening a new facility there will allow us to reach more vulnerable rural populations, and to better assist partner agencies who are often overwhelmed by need in communities where resources are few. Opening a southern branch will make us better able to meet the needs of the counties in the bottom of our service area.

We will continue to focus on increasing nutritional content of the foods we distribute, and are in the process of building partnerships with area healthcare organizations and companies. Increasingly, we recognize that food is a form of medicine, and that the role of nutrition is becoming more important in preventing illness and aiding in disease management. Nashville is uniquely positioned as a healthcare capital in the United States, and Second Harvest has the ability to positively impact thousands of lives through these innovative partnerships.


Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Board of directors
as of 9/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shawn Williams

Nissan North America

Term: 2021 - 2023

Lucia Folk

Community Volunteer

Andy Flatt

National HealthCare Corporation

Laquita Stribling


Shawn Williams

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Suzanne Buchanan

Community Volunteer

Dennis Georgatos

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Troy Edwards

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Sharon Reynolds

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Derek Schraw

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Lisa Gardi

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Lee Cunningham

TN Higher Education Commission

Nancy Keil

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Shanna Jackson

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Scott Bowers

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Michelle Bonnett

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Drew Berg

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Jeff Aiken

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David Alperson

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/09/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
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Person without a disability

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