We are in an unprecedented time. Schools and business are closed. Sporting events and concerts are cancelled. Restaurant dining rooms sit empty. But as we settle into this new normal of social distancing and self-quarantining, at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s three distribution centers we still hear the familiar sounds of boxes being built, friendly conversation, and the hum of volunteers working to provide food to those who need it.
Sure, it looks a little different. Along with smiles, volunteers are also wearing gloves and standing six feet apart. The groups are smaller – no more than 10 at-a-time. However, the work is the same. Sorting and packing much-needed food for our neighbors in need.
Amid the March 3 tornadoes and the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, we are seeing our volunteers show their unwavering commitment to their community. Whether it is packing emergency food boxes at one of our warehouses or loading boxes into neighbors’ vehicles at drive-thru food distributions, our volunteers are feeding hope and fighting hunger in Middle and West Tennessee.
As an essential service and first responder, Second Harvest is desperately needed to safely provide food to a growing number of our neighbors economically impacted by the recent tornadoes and COVID-19. We could not do this without our dedicated base of volunteers.
This April, during Volunteer Appreciation Month, we will highlight the extraordinary work of the individuals, families, organizations, and businesses, who donate their time to our mission. We thank you all for your support.