The Ray Smith Family Distribution Center Fights Hunger Across 14 Counties in West Tennessee
This week, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is celebrating the one year anniversary of the opening of the Ray Smith Family Distribution Center in Camden. As part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to grow capacity, distribution, and feed more people, the nearly 26,000 square foot facility opened its doors in November 2018.
Feeding Hope in the West
Housing food bank operations and a volunteer engagement center, the distribution center is serving more than 40,000 food insecure people across 14 counties in Second Harvest’s western service area. Since opening, the new facility has increased overall capacity and allowed Second Harvest to distribute more fresh produce and shelf-stable food items to the thousands of food insecure children, families and seniors in the community.
To date, the distribution center has distributed more than 4.6 million pounds of food – equaling 3.8 million meals for those facing hunger.
Engaging the Community
The facility has also provided new volunteer opportunities for members of the community to join in the fight against hunger. Nearly 750 volunteers have donated close to 3,500 hours to help their hungry neighbors – including sorting more than 540,000 pounds of food.
Additionally, 10.5 percent of Camden residents have volunteered their time at the distribution center.
Thank You for Your Support
Second Harvest is thankful to all of those who donated their time and resources in making this distribution center a reality and a continued success.
Join in the fight against hunger in West Tennessee and sign up to volunteer today!