Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

Maryville, Tennessee

Evaluation and technical assistance for the implementation of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee’s Fresh Pantry. This funding and partnership will help assess the feasibility and reach of the Fresh Pantry initiative, as well as its impact on access to fresh, healthier foods, nutrition knowledge, self-efficacy for cooking at home and dietary quality/intake of fruits and vegetables among Fresh Pantry participants.

Funded Program

The Fresh Pantry initiative increases the access of healthy foods for people of low socioeconomic status living in food deserts. The Fresh Pantry is equipped with a refrigerated truck to provide households with fresh, healthier foods from local farms, purchased product and items from the USDA Emergency Food Assistance program. Items will be distributed monthly at a federally qualified health center that serves low socioeconomic individuals and is within close proximity to public transportation. At the distribution site, clients can watch cooking demonstrations to learn about each product and how to make a delicious meal from the distributed food, as well as sample the recipes.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee serves seniors, working poor families with children, the homeless and veterans by providing nutritious food, hope and dignity. Last year, they distributed 20 million pounds of food in throughout their 18-county area. More than 560 partner agencies and programs include emergency shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, mobile distribution pantries and Food for Kids Backpack and School Pantry sites.

Mission: Lead the community in the fight to end hunger.