NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is in critical need of donations this holiday season.
According to Executive Director Jaynee Day, the food bank must collect four million meals over the next two weeks to help people through the cold winter months.
"It's a very critical time for Second Harvest," she explained. "We have seen a dramatic increase this past year of over 38% for emergency food assistance, that's just in Davidson County. In our outlying counties, we've seen anywhere from [a] 100% to 125% increase, depending on the county."
According to Day, one in six Tennesseans are at risk of being hungry in the state and one in four children will go to bed hungry this evening.
She said, "To me that's deplorable. That shouldn't be happening in our country today."
The Second Harvest Food Bank has actually held more food drives in recent months but collected less food.
"It's really hard to know during this holiday season and perhaps in the months to come, which will be our coldest months in the year, that many families will do without and will not have food on their table," said Day, encouraging everyone to give what they can. "We need everybody to give a dollar, two dollars, five dollars, 10 dollars, whatever they can give to help us feed our hungry neighbors."
Donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank can be dropped off at the following stores:
Monetary donations can be made on the food bank's Web site and checks can be mailed to Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:07 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:07:37 GMT
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