Second Harvest loses all food in today’s floods

February 28, 2011

The floods today damaged all of the food at the Second Harvest food bank. I am posting the press release below. Melissa at Frugalissa Finds will be keeping us posted on how best to help Second Harvest right now. This is really sad because the food banks that Second Harvest delivers to will not be getting food for a while. Second Harvest delivers to 41 nonprofit agencies in Blount County, so this will have a local impact. Consider going through your stockpile to find food to donate to Second Harvest  if you’re planning on going to Knoxville any time soon. If you’re staying put, consider donating to the Community Food Connection, as I’m sure they will be seeing increased demand.


The warehouse at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee at 922 Delaware Avenue in North Knoxville was flooded today after heavy rainfall caused the creek behind the facility to overflow.

Food stored in the warehouse has been tainted and cannot be used. The warehouse and administrative offices have been closed until further notice. Electricity had to be cut off. Five cars belonging to employees are under water.

Volunteers should not report to work, and agencies should not come to the warehouse for food. There will be no deliveries.

We anticipate the situation to last for the next few days, or perhaps until Monday.

We will keep the partner agencies and schools that depend on Second Harvest informed as more details become available.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, a member of Feeding America, has worked to eliminate hunger since 1982. In 2010, this organization provided food for more than 12 million meals in 18 counties in East Tennessee. With six major programs and 500 Agency/Food Partners, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee serves approximately 158,000 people each month.

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