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Nashville Food Bank Charity In Nashville Tennessee

Nashville Food Bank

 Nashville     Tennessee

http://secondharvestmidtn.org     << Visit Website

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Nashville Food Bank Charity Profile

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee was founded in 1978 by a group of citizens who were concerned about their hungry neighbors. The Food Bank was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort that food, and distribute it to not-for-profit agencies serving hungry people. Today, we rely on a network of growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, grocery stores, and individuals to donate food that we distribute to the community through more than 400 not-for-profit agencies in 46 counties in Middle Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, child care facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. Mission and History
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened its doors in 1978 with commitment from several community leaders. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups, and individuals who wished to help provide food for Middle Tennessee's hungry. Second Harvest's mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community.
Modeled after the first food bank established in Phoenix in the mid-1970s, Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry. During the first year, this process resulted in a total distribution of 160,000 pounds of food to 75 member agencies.
Today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. During the 2009/2010 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed more than 53.3 million pounds of food to hungry men, women, and children. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee was named 2003 Affiliate of the Year by America's Second Harvest. The Food Bank is proud to share this prestigious award with the thousands of supporters and leaders who have supported Second Harvest over the past 30 years.
Second Harvest’s vision of ending hunger is more important than ever. Hunger is a big problem, and we need everyone’s help to solve this issue. There are an estimated 49 million Americans that are at risk of hunger in this country according to the USDA, and there are almost 14 million children in the U.S. under 18 that are food insecure. One in five children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure, and in Middle Tennessee alone, 31 percent of the people Second Harvest serves are children.

Nashville Food Bank Volunteer Information

There are many volunteer opportunities for Individual Volunteers. For more information, email volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570. All Second Harvest Volunteers must fill out this registration form. If you are under 18, parent or guardian must sign.

Volunteer in the Sort Room - Volunteers are needed to help sort and box donations and Backpacks that will be sent to over 400 partner agencies in Middle and West Tennessee. The work we have available for volunteers depends on the donations we receive. We cannot guarantee that volunteers will work on a certain task or Food Bank program.

Volunteer duties might include:

*Bagging and boxing bulk food products such as cereal or produce
*Filling bags for programs like the Backpack Program
*Sorting, weighting, and boxing dry goods or perishable food items
*Cleaning

Open Volunteering - No appointment necessary for individuals- Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

To sign up for evening or weekend shifts, please visit Hands on Nashville.

To serve court-ordered community service hours, please fill out this form and email Ben.Webster@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1609 to schedule. All court-ordered community service must be scheduled in advance.

Be a Hunger Helper! Volunteer at a Family Night! - Second Harvest lowers our age limit to 6 (with parent or guardian) every Thursday night, so that families can come to pack BackPacks or participate in other kid-friendly volunteer opportunities. To sign your family up for this project, please visit Hands on Nashville.

Volunteer in the Culinary Arts Center - Volunteers are needed periodically to help prepare, serve, and clean up for Second Harvest catering events. To build your culinary skills and serve your community, email volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570 for more information.

Administrative Volunteers - Second Harvest needs volunteers to help with data entry, mailings, and other administrative work. If you are interested in helping out in this way, please contact volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570.

Volunteer with "Together We Grow” - Second Harvest works with some of our children’s feeding sites to grow "bucket gardens” to teach kids how to grow and eat nutritious, healthy, foods. This volunteer opportunity is seasonal. If you have a green thumb, or just love working with children, and would like to participate as a volunteer, email volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570.

Volunteer with a Second Harvest Community Food Partner or Emergency Food Box Site - If you want to work specifically in direct service, or live outside of the Nashville area, contact volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570. We will put you in contact with the Community Food Partner nearest you!

Group Volunteers
We also have many great opportunities for Group Volunteers. Whether you are a company wanting to do some team building or a group of friends, there are many ways to help! To sign up for Group Volunteer activities, please email volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570. All Second Harvest Volunteers must fill out this registration form. If you are under 18, parent or guardian must sign.

Volunteer in the Sort Room - Volunteers are needed to help sort and box donations and BackPacks that will be sent to over 400 partner agencies in Middle and West Tennessee. The work we have available for volunteers depends on the donations we receive. We cannot guarantee that volunteers will work on a certain task or Food Bank program.

Volunteer duties might include:

*Bagging and boxing bulk food products such as cereal or produce
*Filling bags for programs like the Backpack Program
*Sorting, weighting, and boxing dry goods or perishable food items
*Cleaning

Special Projects - During specific campaigns, such as Hunger Action Month or Feeding Hope Challenge, we will utilize volunteers for special projects. Examples include working booths at Live on the Green for Hunger Action Month, distributing posters, or handing out materials. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please email volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570.

Become a Volunteer Leader
Are you interested in working to help feed hungry people, while learning leadership skills and representing Second Harvest in your community? Become a Volunteer Leader! If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Leader, please email volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570

Opportunities for Volunteer Leaders are as follows:

Sort Room Leaders - Sort Room Volunteer leaders will help to greet, orient, and lead groups of volunteers in sort room, repack, and warehouse projects. Leaders will be trained in volunteer management, sort room processes, as well as a variety of projects, including food sorting (both perishable and non-perishable), backpacks, and repack projects.

Food Drive Leaders - Volunteers are needed to serve on committees that will recruit food drives in Davidson and outlying counties. Leaders will be responsible for attending their committee meetings and working with the Food and Funds Manager.

Cause Related Marketing Leaders - Volunteers are needed to identify and research corporations who would like to participate in CRM events and campaigns, deliver promotional materials, organize social media campaigns, and represent Second Harvest Food Bank as needed at large events.

Special Events Leaders - Volunteer Leaders will serve on committees for special events, such as a Silent Auction committee or Decorations, organize and manage volunteers for event, and work on events day-of.

Community Outreach Volunteers - Community Outreach volunteers will attend events such as volunteer fairs, food drives, or agency fairs, on behalf of the food bank. Volunteers will be trained on general food bank knowledge and what to expect during these events.

Special Events Volunteer
Second Harvest holds special event fundraisers throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to serve on committees, help plan, decorate, work registration, help with Silent Auctions, greet guests, work informational booths, and help with general event assistance at Second Harvest fundraising events. To sign up to volunteer for special events, email volunteer@secondharvestmidtn.org or call 615-627-1570.

Events include:

Generous Helpings - This event is a fun, local, food and wine tasting that features Nashville’s best independent restaurants, while supporting Middle Tennessee’s Table, a program of Second Harvest. Typically held in May at the Farmer’s Market, this event is one you’ll want to volunteer for!

Bill Ramsey’s Ode to Otha Birthday Celebration - A long-time supporter of the food bank, Bill Ramsey celebrates his birthday with giving in mind. A large block party held on Sweetbriar Ave raises funds for Second Harvest every year in June!

Music City Brewer’s Fest - A volunteer favorite, Music City Brewer’s Festival features beer sampling from local, regional, and national breweries. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest!

Stars for Second Harvest - Craig Wiseman presents a star-studded lineup of musicians, song writers, and other entertainment. Held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and typically during Hunger Action Month in September, this event is a boot-scootin good time.

Harvest Moon Ball - Typically held in late fall, Second Harvest’s major fundraising event of the year, this party also features a large silent auction, live entertainment, fabulous food and drinks, and excellent company.

Nashville Food Bank In The News

UnitedHealthcare Donates $100,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Fight against Hunger

125 days ago From Market Watch    View Archived Article

WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY - UnitedHealthcare has donated $100000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to aid in the fight against hunger. The donation is expected to help ...

Second Harvest to receive over 75,000 eggs from state farmers

211 days ago From The Tennessean   View Archived Article

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - Cal-Maine Foods is organizing the state effort as part of the national campaign by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America, donating nearly 10 million eggs. Quality sources of protein, such as eggs, are valued by food banks according to the Seco ...

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