With children unexpectedly out of school and thousands of parents suddenly out of work, the challenges low-income families typically face in the summer came much earlier this year.

The Reverse Parade is an iconic Nashville event from a bygone era with current relevance. A partnership between News 2 and Second Harvest, the Reverse Parade serves as an opportunity for community members to contribute while remaining in their vehicles (socially distanced).

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM, Second Harvest staff and volunteers will accept monetary and food donations from the community. Monetary donations can also be taken online donations through the Reverse Parade donation link or by check.

So put the kids in the car, bag up some food, and join News 2 staff and Second Harvest at the drive-thru food drive around Bicentennial Park, YOU are the parade.

Fun includes Silly Grandpa, Disney princesses, superheroes, Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck, balloon artists, magicians, and our favorite Nashville mascots – T-Rac, Gnash, and Booster the Rooster!

This is a great, safe way for you to get out of the house with your family and do something kind for neighbors struggling with hunger during these challenging times. Since the COVID pandemic began, Second Harvest food drive donations are down significantly, while the number of people who need help continues to increase.

Most-needed items include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, and cereal. Please only bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations.

Plan on entering Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at the intersection of Jefferson Street and 7th Avenue and please stay in your car along the route. Volunteers will follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks as you drop off your non-perishable donations.

Can’t make it out to Bicentennial Mall on June 24? Make your gift here and support the work that Second Harvest continues to do in Middle Tennessee.