About Us

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened its doors in 1978 with commitment from several community leaders. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups, and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee.

Our Mission

Second Harvest’s mission is to provide food to people facing hunger and work to advance hunger solutions

By the Numbers FY20 Annual Report

96¢ of every $1

donated goes directly to feeding programs

Second Harvest provides food to people in Middle and West Tennessee

36.5 million

nutritious meals provided to our neighbors in need

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healthy meals and snacks provided through our Kids Cafe and At-Risk Afterschool meal programs


7 million

pounds of food rescued from 280 grocery stores

10.8 million

pounds of fresh produce provided to those who need it most



mobile pantries brought food to convenient locations for clients


volunteer hours generously donated

Our History

Grassroots Beginnings

Modeled after the first food bank established in Phoenix in the mid-1970s, Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving Tennesseans experiencing hunger. During the first year, Second Harvest distributed 160,000 pounds of food to 75 member agencies.

Second Harvest Today

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of more than 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. During FY20, Second Harvest distributed more than 41 million pounds of food to more than 460 Partner Agencies, providing more than 36.5 million meals to hungry children, families, and seniors throughout our 46-county service area

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