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 to people facing hunger in Middle Tennessee.

Our Mission

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


96¢ of every $1

donated goes directly to feeding programs


38.9 million

nutritious meals provided to our neighbors in need

6-year-old Gael eats lunch at Blackhawk Park, a summer meals site in Aurora, Illinois. 

Used - Nutrition Month 2021


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

Pile of bagged oranges. 


Picture taken at Plaza Mariachi Mobil Pantry in Nashville (Davidson County) on August 15, 2020. MP was hosted by One Gen Away.

11.6 million

pounds of food rescued from 314 grocery stores


tons of food distributed per week
Feeding America image of Crystal and her 10-month-old daughter Eva at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana in Nov 2018. 

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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-1960s, 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 FY23, Second Harvest distributed more than 42 million pounds of food to nearly 420 Partner Agencies, providing more than 38 million meals to children, families, and seniors facing hunger throughout our 46-county service area.

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