“They had to determine which food bank they felt could use the support of TLC and the ‘Kate Plus 8’ show, and they selected our food bank because we are very aggressive in our outreach to our community to help feed the hungry. Out of 200 food banks in the national system, she chose ours,” said Chafin. Kathy Smith, the food bank’s director of community relations, noted that the eight-county region Second Harvest serves contains one of the highest concentrations of families living below the poverty line.“This all came together within the last two weeks when we were contacted by Feeding America. They chose our region because we are one of the most needy regions in all of the country,” said Smith.
Bonacci said the chain recently contributed $328,000 to the regional food pantry as a result of a Race Against Hunger campaign during the winter months. You can sponsor a child, make a donation, or find out how to get involved with a food drive by contacting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee at 477-4053 or visiting www.netfood bank.org.