Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has received funding through grants for programs that will feed hungry veterans and their families.
Food Lion presented Second Harvest with a $50,000 grant Tuesday morning. BAE Systems also presented the food bank with a $5,000 grant.
The funding will be used to feed food insecure veterans, active military members and their families. It’s part of Second Harvest’s new program “Veterans Serving Veterans”.
“Through the Veterans Associations and engage them and help local veterans in their community that may be food insecure cause what better way to identify a veteran that may be in need that won’t come to our mobile food pantry or one of our agencies,” said Executive Director Rhonda Chafin.
Currently, 9.5% of veterans in Northeast Tennessee are living at or below the poverty level, according to census.gov.
Second Harvest said the new “Veterans Serving Veterans” program will provide resources to help veterans’ organizations set up food pantries and food distributions.