Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee.
Modeled after the first food bank established in Phoenix in the mid-1970s, Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry. During the first year, this process resulted in a total distribution of 160,000 pounds of food to 75 member agencies.
Today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. During the 2012 and 2013 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed 23,955,957 pounds of food to over 450 Partner Agencies, providing close to 20 million meals of food to hungry children, families and seniors throughout our 46-county service area.
Second Harvest’s vision of ending hunger is more important than ever. According to Feeding America, an estimated 49 million Americans are at risk of hunger, and 15.9 million U.S. children under 18 are food insecure. One in four children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure, and in Middle Tennessee alone, 31 percent of the people Second Harvest serves are children. Oasis provides monthly financial support to Second Harvest Food Bank, helping to fulfill the vision of eradicating hunger.
Oasis Church is a Partner Agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization with a mission to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest works with a network of approximately 500 Partner Agencies like Oasis Church to distribute food to those in need throughout 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. To learn more, visit secondharvestmidtn.org.