For 24 years The Junior Leagues of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City have held one of the region’s largest annual food drives to help feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
This year The Junior Leagues are joining forces again and encourage everyone to get involved by making a food donation during the April 12 Food Drive at area Food City locations. Last year 19,587 pounds of food was collected during the food drive. Junior League members are asking the community to help them raise even more food this year.
Food collection bins will be at participating Food City locations April 7 – April 12 and Junior League Members will be giving out paper collection bags at participating Food City locations encouraging people to donate food. Promotional fliers will be in area newspapers starting April 6 with more information about the food drive. Most needed items for the food drive include canned and boxed goods such as meats, vegetables, pastas and fruits.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America of Southwest Virginia report the need for food assistance is at an all time high. As many as 1 out of 5 people in the region live in poverty and 2 out of 5 children may be hungry.
Kathy Smith, Community Relations Director with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee joined News Channel 11’s Kasey Marler on News Channel 11 at Noon to talk about how you can help.
The information above was provided by Second Harvest Food Bank.