Harvest was founded in 1978 by a group of citizens concerned about their hungry
neighbors. After visiting St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix ( the first food bank
in the United States ) to better understand their distribution model, Second
Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee was formed.
In short, Second Harvest exists to make sure that no Middle Tennessean has to go without
food during a time of need. We leverage our community partnerships, logistics
infrastructure, and economies of scale to create a safety network that works
against food insecurity.
Second Harvest’s 2013-2014 accomplishments include:
The five most pressing needs facing Second Harvest and its ability to serve the hungry in FY 14-15 are:
The work that Second Harvest does in our community and throughout the region is unparalleled, and yet meeting critical nutrition needs means committing now to long-term growth. Rescuing, sorting, and delivering food meets an urgent need to feed hungry people throughout Middle and West Tennessee. Since 2006, Second Harvest has nearly tripled the amount of food it distributes to those experiencing hardship. In the past year, Second Harvest distributed more than 23.3 million meals in 46 Middle and West Tennessee counties, representing the largest distribution in its 36-year history.
Despite serving more food than ever, demand for Second Harvest’s services is still up. With 395,770 Tennesseans in Second Harvest’s service area struggling with hunger, we must continue to build capacity to serve our neighbors who find themselves in a time of need. To do this, Second Harvest is investigating ways to maximize and increase space in its facilities. Today, Second Harvest has access to an ever-expanding supply of rescued groceries from around 200 grocery retailers and wholesalers participating in Middle Tennessee’s Table (Second Harvest’s grocery rescue program). These rescued groceries are vital in helping us supplement food distribution with nutritious offerings like produce, protein-rich dairy and meat products, and other fresh foods. To fully take advantage of this stream of healthful products, we must address significant costs. Among these costs are increasing our at-capacity freezer and warehouse space to accommodate a consistent increase in rescued food, acquiring a facility to better serve the hungry in West Tennessee, opening a distribution center in the Murfreesboro area that will allow us to better serve Rutherford County and counties to the south, and making improvements and additions to our fleet of trucks and equipment. Making these improvements will enable us to increase the amount of healthful food distributed while bolstering volunteer and donor involvement in a way that is truly regional, reflecting the broad reach that Second Harvest has throughout one-half of the state.
We are positioning the food bank to increase meal distribution from 23.3 million last year to 52 million by 2024. In order to achieve this goal, we need committed support from the community, and I am honored to serve alongside Jaynee Day to ensure that this essential provision of food continues to grow throughout Middle & West Tennessee. For more information or to learn more about how you can get involved, contact the Food Bank at 615-329-3491, or visit http://secondharvestmidtn.org/
President, Ajax Turner Co., Inc.
After 36 years, the mission of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee remains the same: to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community.
We are at a critical stage in our growth. Second Harvest consistently works beyond capacity to rescue and deliver food to hungry people, but it’s not enough. Food is left on the table that could go to feed hungry neighbors. In order to better serve those at risk of hunger in our region, we must work quickly to maximize space in the Nashville facility to realize greater warehouse and freezer space. We must expand our reach into West Tennessee via the construction of a Western Branch as well as the addition of a distribution center in our southern corridor. Research shows us that adding these facilities will increase operational efficiency, allowing us to rescue, sort, and deliver more food. We will also be able to increase volunteer involvement and improve relationships with donors throughout the region. In order to make the most of this expansion in warehouse space, we must also supplement our aging transportation fleet and ensure that employees have access to equipment that allows them to safely and efficiently rescue and manage food inventory.
While these efforts are crucial to the growth of the food bank, my primary focus continues to be maintaining the safety and quality of every pound of food we distribute. To do this, we continue to work with the USDA, Feeding America, and the Health Department to maintain our high standard for food safety as our food output continues to rapidly increase.
Moving forward, Second Harvest requires the continued support of Middle Tennesseans everywhere. Whether that comes via the donation of food, volunteer time spent sorting and inspecting food in our distribution center, or giving funds to our programs where every $1 provides 4 meals to those in need, we need your help. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit http://secondharvestmidtn.org/.
Thank you for fighting hunger and feeding hope!
Jaynee K. Day
As we face rising fuel & food prices amid increasingly uncertain economic times, we must maintain the stability of a food safety net in Nashville. Second Harvest operates its Emergency Food Box program in the following locations: East Nashville Co-Op, Salvation Army Magness Potter Center, Salvation Army Laotian Corps, St. Luke’s Community House, Kayne Avenue Baptist Church, Watkins Park Community Center, Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, Goodlettsville Help Center, Una Church of Christ, St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, Christian Cooperative Ministry, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Martha O’Bryan Center, Temple Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church, Napier Community Center, and Hamilton United Methodist Church.
The short-term goal of the Emergency Food Box program is to meet a person's/family's immediate need for food.
The long-term goal for the Emergency Food Box program is to provide help and hope to people by providing them with food during emergencies. This provision enables clients to spend their money on other necessities like utility bills and housing. We intend to provide short-term help that enables long-term success.
The success of the Emergency Food Box program is measured by the number of food boxes distributed each month to our Emergency Food Box locations in Davidson County.
This is Second Harvest's flagship program in Davidson County and has been in operation since 1978.
In 2013-2014, Second Harvest implemented 284 Mobile Pantries that served more than 177,000 Middle Tennesseeans. Mobile Pantries are one of our most effective ways of distributing large amounts of food in partnership with our Partner Agencies. Our Partner Agencies are always quick to share success stories from Mobile Pantries like the ones below that demonstrate the great need for our services in Middle Tennessee:
"There was one woman who seemed very ashamed to be at the food pantry. When we began to speak to her she told us that her husband was one of the school teachers in the County who lost his job. She stated that they were blessed in that he did find another job in a neighboring County but his pay would not begin until the next school year. They had several young children and were not expecting to have to cover all of their monthly expenses on one paycheck throughout the summer. She came to tears many times while sharing her story and constantly thanked everyone involved for being there during her family’s unexpected time of need."
“One family of recently discharged military veterans (both husband and wife) had moved to the area after returning home from a tour in the Middle East. They had no food, but they were out looking for work. They sent their teenage son and daughter to pick the food up for them so they could have food to last until the money started coming in again. We connected them to the local VFW chapter for additional help in making the transition to civilian life. "You guys are life savers," the husband said to us on the phone.”
"I lost my job and have 3 girls. This food will help a lot while I am looking for another job. Thank you so much for doing this. I really didn't know how I would feed my girls". " God bless this church and the people that are helping with taking care of families in need"
In May 2013, Second Harvest surveyed 115 teachers with students participating in the BackPack program in an effort to measure the positive effects the program had in improving participating student’s behavior and health. The results were overwhelming. 292 of 386 (76%) of the participating students exhibited improved classroom behavior indicated by reduced aggression and fewer disruptive incidents in the classroom and 302 of 386 students (78%) exhibited improved academic performance. The teachers provided additional feedback that further explained the benefit of the BackPack program to students struggling with hunger:
“When the child first received the BackPack services, she felt that the school really did care about her unlike the people from her past. This helped her to like school, so she put forth more of an effort and academically improved.”
“One student receiving the backpack program worked very hard to improve his grades significantly throughout the year.”
“I have a student who was really struggling at the beginning of the year and we were worried about this student's performance. A few weeks ago the student took a benchmark assessment and got a perfect score. It was so wonderful to see this student's growth and progress.”
“My 2 [BackPack] students have excelled in reading and 1 of them is at the top of the class in math.”
“Those students look forward to Friday. They are engaged, in a good mood, and excited. When students are happy, they are interested in learning.”“I see noticeable improvements in behavior with my students on days that they have breakfast versus days that they do not eat. When my students tell me that they did not eat breakfast before school, I notice that they are less attentive than usual and struggle to stay on task. They also appear tired.”
“Last year, this student spent time in in-school suspension. She was chosen as student of the month this year.”
Project Preserve has been a program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee since 1992. The program leverages economies of scale, manufacturing and logistics expertise to provide a comprehensive co-op and manufacturing program to our partner agencies, food banks and other nonprofit organizations. Our team coordinates purchasing of core grocery and household items—saving food banks both time andmoney—therefore enabling us all to feed more hungry people each day. In 2013-2014, Project Preserve distributed just over 38 million pounds of food to 125 food banks in 42 states.
The Culinary Arts Center is a state-of-the-art food preparation facility and commercial grad kitchen. The purpose of the Center is to educate the public on issues related to nutrition and food preparation, engage the public with our mission, and to generate revenue for our feeding programs. The Culinary Arts Center also offers catering with outstanding menus and service. Each Friday, the public is invited to join us for lunch at First Harvest Cafe from 11am – 1pm in our Culinary Arts Center. For $12, guests enjoy a meal that varies by week between Cajun, Asian, Italian, French, Mexican, and American tastes. On Wednesday from 11am-1pm we offer a lighter lunch usually consisting of a soup, salad, and sandwich for $8. All proceeds are used to serve the hungry in Middle Tennessee.
"A board of thirty-two community and business leaders governs Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. They are responsible for setting policy and procedures and overseeing the financial stability of the organization. As President and CEO of the Food Bank, I report directly to the Board of Directors. I also provide leadership to our Leadership Team which consists of our CFO, SVP of External Affairs, VP of Development, VP of Project Preserve, VP of Agency Relations, and Director of Human Resources. Second Harvest uses a number of committees to help provide strategic guidance to the organization. Current committees include Audit Committee, Development Committee, Board Management Committee, Executive Committee, Executive Compensation Committee, Operations Committee, Finance/Investment Committee, Marketing Committee, and the Information Technology Committee. Various advisory committees comprised of board and community members assist and help guide all departments within the organization. The Food Bank is very fortunate to have an active and dedicated group of volunteers that serve on these committees and provide outstanding leadership and guidance.
This year our leaderships is focused on increasing our capacity to distribute more food to more hungry people in our service. Support from community volunteers, leaders, and donors remains absolutely critical as we continue to fight hunger in Middle Tennessee."
Ralph Forsythe joined Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in January 2013 as CFO. Mr. Forsythe has more than 25 years of experience in senior finance and accounting roles. Mr. Forsythe most recently was CFO of Alfa Insurance Group in Montgomery, AL where he served for the past 12 years in various accounting and finance senior leadership roles. Mr. Forsythe is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native and spent most of his career in the Nashville area. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a licensed CPA in Alabama and Tennessee and is a member of the AICPA.
Mark Summers is the Vice President of Operations at Second Harvest Food Bank. Mark works with the Inventory Control, Transportation, and Facilities Maintenance teams to ensure our food is handled safely, accurately, and efficiently. Raised in West Tennessee, Summers holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from MTSU and an MPA from the University of LaVerne in Southern California. Summers, a Lieutenant Colonel, retired from the military after 25 years where he specialized in aviation maintenance and logistics. He is a rated helicopter pilot. In his civilian career, he has worked in manufacturing, warehouse distribution, and logistics for the medical, pharmaceutical, and healthcare manufacturing/distribution industries.
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For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger or food insecurity, even though we might not be aware of it.
The face of hunger in Tennessee looks like your neighbor, your child’s best friend, the woman who gives you your coffee in the morning, and the man selling newspapers by your office every day. It could be the coworker you sat next to who was laid off last month or the new mother at the doctor’s office you saw last week. Hunger impacts one in six Tennesseans, and with those numbers, it is likely you’ve seen someone today who will be going hungry tonight.
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