Second Harvest Food Bank, local ETSU churches pledge to pack 2,000 boxes of food for families in need | WJHL
JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) – The Second Harvest Food Bank in Northeast Tennessee has partnered with local churches and the ETSU to provide volunteers to pack boxes of food for families across the region .
According to a statement from Second Harvest, 120 volunteers from Central Baptist Church, students and faculty from Munsey Methodist and ETSU were assembled into an assembly line with the end goal of 2,000 finished first aid boxes.
The volunteers endured the rain on Saturday morning to begin their work and completed their 1018th box around 3 p.m. the same day.
“Although it is raining,” said Central Baptist Pastor Dr. Tommy Hood. “The spirit of service was apparent in these volunteers by helping those who had no food to know the love of God”
Food insecurity remains a major challenge in the Appalachian Highlands, and the COVID-19 pandemic has left many families in poverty across the region. Second Harvest hopes to provide a stopgap for these families, providing food for as many families as possible.
“We couldn’t deliver this food donation to the community without these volunteers and our staff,” said Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank. “Thanks thanks thanks!”