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What Will Your Legacy Be? 

How Can Your Legacy Tackle Hunger? Karen’s Inspiring Story Reveals the Way

In the summer of 2021, Karen, a dedicated vacation and travel professional, found herself at a South Nashville school, sharing food with families in need. Her heartwarming story of compassion and generosity is just one example of how individuals like Karen are making a profound impact on our community. The source of this shared food? Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Inspired by our mission, Karen began her journey as a volunteer and has since become a vital part of our mission to end hunger. 

Every Tuesday morning, you’ll find Karen hard at work, sorting and boxing nutritious food for our neighbors in need. She shares, “It’s not unusual for our group to sort 7,000 pounds of food in just three hours. That translates into a staggering 5,800 meals!” Karen’s dedication showcases the power of volunteering, and her story resonates deeply with our commitment to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with hunger. 

But Karen’s story doesn’t end with her volunteer efforts. She has taken her commitment to the next level by setting up a strategic giving plan that involves sharing funds directly from her Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Her approach demonstrates that charitable giving can be not only generous but also strategic and financially savvy. 

Karen utilizes the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) gift, a smart choice for individuals who want to make a lasting impact while optimizing their financial planning. The QCD gift counts toward her annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) and is excluded from her taxable income. This approach transcends the traditional practice of giving cash or securities. Karen proudly states, “I’m pleased with the plan.” 

National Estate Planning Week is an opportune time to reflect on the significance of giving, and how simple decisions can yield substantial results. By including Second Harvest Food Bank in your estate plan or will, you’re not only securing your own financial legacy but also contributing to the fight against hunger in our community. 

During National Estate Planning Week, we encourage you to consider the immense power you hold in crafting your legacy. Your decision to include Second Harvest Food Bank in your estate plan can make a transformative difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity. Your legacy can help sustain our vital programs, ensuring that nutritious meals continue to reach the tables of our neighbors in need. 

Your bequest to Second Harvest Food Bank is a meaningful way to give back and secure a legacy of compassion, empathy, and commitment to our community. Your support can provide much-needed food, relief, and hope to those who need it the most. 

This National Estate Planning Week, embrace the opportunity to make a lasting impact on Middle Tennessee. To learn more about including Second Harvest Food Bank in your estate plan and the various giving options available, we invite you to visit our website. Together, we can create a hunger-free future for our community, and your legacy will forever shine as a beacon of hope. 

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