Northeast TN – Local high schools are helping Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee increase food supplies through the 9th Annual Student Food Drive. In partnership with WJHL and Hardee’s this month-long hunger campaign runs from September 20th through October 25th.
Schools will create an online video, and the schools receiving the most online votes for their video will win a cash prize. The videos will be posted on Tuesday, September 20th.
The top two schools collecting the most food in their size division have the chance to win $500 and $250. Each school receives $125 for participating and those collecting 3 lbs. per student are eligible for an additional $125.
High Schools participating in this year’s food drive:
- Cloudland High School
- Daniel Boone High School
- David Crockett High School
- Dobyns Bennett High School
- Elizabethton High School
- Hampton High School
- Providence Academy
- Sullivan Central High School
- Sullivan North High School
- Sullivan South High School
- Tri Cities Christian
- Unaka High School
If your High School would like to participate, contact the Food Bank by Tuesday, September 20 at (423)-279-0430 ext. 224.
The need for food assistance is at an all-time high. Over 82,500 people in Northeast Tennessee rely on a food pantry or soup kitchen according to Feeding America’s ‘Hunger in America’ study. Last year the Student Food Drive raised over 22,500 pounds of food. This year’s goal is 40,000 pounds.
Most needed items for the food drive include: peanut butter, cereal, rice, canned meats, canned soups, boxed meals, pasta, macaroni & cheese, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta sauce and dried beans. Please no glass containers. Donated food is given out free of charge to help feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee.
For more information on the Student Food Drive and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee click here or call (423)-279-0430.