Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation has stepped up in a big way to fully fund 30 mobile food pantries for some of the state’s most vulnerable locations in middle Tennessee, including Franklin County.
A check presentation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in support of the food pantries was made during halftime of the Tennessee Titans game on Sept. 26 at Nissan Stadium.
Funds from the donation began supporting mobile food pantries in July and will continue through June 2022. In addition to the major donation, fans were asked to bring non-perishable food to the game.
“We can’t thank our friends at Kroger enough for their support of Second Harvest Food Bank and their ongoing commitment to see that struggling neighbors in our communities don’t go hungry,” said Nancy Keil, president and chief executive officer of Second Harvest. “This tremendous donation, along with the food collected at yesterday’s game, will greatly help us help those in need.”
Melissa Eads, corporate affairs manager for the Kroger Nashville division, said Kroger loves partnering with Second Harvest to help support those in need across Middle and West Tennessee.
“Through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, we are committed to ending hunger, so this gift is right on mission for us as it supports families facing food insecurity in rural communities,” Eads said.
In addition to Franklin County, the donation supports mobile food pantries in Bedford, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Coffee, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Hickman, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury Montgomery, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Warren, Weakley, White, Williamson and Wilson counties.
Since July 1, the mobile food pantries have distributed 300,000 pounds of food to 2,100 households.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
For more than 40 years, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has followed its mission to provide food to people facing hunger and to work to advance hunger solutions.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Second Harvest distributes food and other products to about 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee.
Partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes and youth-enrichment programs.
For information, visit secondharvestmidtn.org.