Second Helpings Monthly Donor Program
We know that each day 1 in 8 Middle and West Tennesseans, including 1 in 7 children, experience hunger. Become a monthly donor, and join a special group of supporters who understand the importance of recurring, dependable financial support. It’s these steady gifts that help us keep our promise to our neighbors in need.
As a Second Helpings Member, you help sustain our role as the primary and most reliable source of food for children, families, and seniors facing hunger in Middle and West Tennessee.
Make It Monthly
Your monthly commitment helps us to plan ahead and budget more effectively to serve our 46 counties.
Every $1 of your monthly gift provides 4 meals, making an extraordinary difference over time in the lives of those experiencing hunger.
96¢ of every dollar goes directly to our Feeding Programs.
Why I give monthly
While Teaching Her Children, Aviva Learned Something Important
When Aviva Wasserman’s children were small, she brought them to Second Harvest for family volunteer nights. She wanted her kids to see how fortunate they were and to understand that not everyone is so lucky.
“It turned out the message I wanted THEM to get had a large impact on ME!” she says. “There are so many things that should be a right and not a privilege, food security among them.”
Aviva, who lives in Nashville, sometimes feels overwhelmed by the enormity of community needs. But she knows at Second Harvest — where $1 helps provide four meals — even small acts can make a big difference. That’s why she’s been a monthly donor for the past seven years.
To join Aviva as a monthly donor, sign up here or call (615) 627-1611.
Why we give monthly
Family Motivated by Humble Beginnings, Faith
William Haynes was raised by a hardworking, single mother. They were poor, but no matter what, the first thing she did every payday was go grocery shopping.
“Consequently, I have never known hunger,” William said. “If there is one thing I can do to honor my mother’s memory and legacy, it is to make sure that I can help someone have food.”
Davidson County residents William and his wife, Jacqueline, are enthusiastic Second Helpings monthly donors. Supporting Second Harvest was a family decision: Their humble beginnings, life experiences, and faith motivate them to feed hungry people.
“I don’t have much, but I can always find a few dollars to share so that at least one person can eat,” he said. “God blesses us to bless others.”
To join the Haynes family as a monthly donor, sign up here or call (615) 627-1611.
Why I give monthly
Teacher saw her hungry students struggle
At first, 8th grade teacher Polly Bassoni was puzzled why so many of her students asked to see the school nurse every morning. She eventually discovered that every day, the nurse brought peanut butter, bread, and milk to her office.
Kids who had nothing to eat at home for breakfast knew if they saw the nurse, they’d eat.
After 30 years, Polly retired. But that memory stuck. It’s what motivated her to become a monthly donor to Second Harvest 15 years ago.
Polly said although she doesn’t have a lot of money, she knows her small, monthly donations add up to make a big difference. The Sumner County resident loves that her gifts help Gallatin teachers connect with their struggling students through food from the School Food Pantry and BackPack Program.
If you want to join forces with Polly as a Second Helpings monthly donor, sign up here or call (615) 627-1611.
Why we give monthly
Paying Forward Her Gratitude for Southern family dinners
Laura Harper grew up in a large, Southern family where food was a central component to family gatherings, and the offerings were always bountiful.
Every day after a healthy breakfast, Laura went to school with a packed lunch, and returned to her mom’s homemade dinner. On Sunday after church, Laura’s 97-year-old grandmother still makes a family lunch that rivals holiday meals.
“It is unimaginable to me what hunger and food insecurity feels like, and I know how fortunate I am to have never been in that position,” said Laura, a marketing manager for Sprint who lives in Christiana.
Motivated by gratitude, Laura and her husband, Andy, are monthly donors. “I see the direct impact Second Harvest makes in my community, and I am so grateful to them for all the lives that are improved by their work.”
If you're inspired by Laura and want to become a Second Helpings monthly donor, sign up here or call (615) 627-1611.