Second Harvest & Our Box Truck
SFCM is one of the largest of the 530 agencies that rely on Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, which is a member of the Feeding America organization of pantries nationwide. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity with a network of some 200 first-class food banks and distribution centers nationwide.
SCFM can purchase many of the items donated to Second Harvest for 19 cents a pound. Foods purchased by Second Harvest can be bought for 75 percent of the cost.
In 2013, Sevier County Food Ministries purchased a box truck, allowing us to haul up to 10,000 pounds of product at any given time. With our box truck, we purchased and hauled over 640,000 pounds of non-perishable, refrigerated and frozen food from Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee during 2013. We can readily pick up large donations of bread, sausage, dairy products and produce when it is available with our truck.
In additional, we receive many tons of goods from food drives and tens of thousands of pounds of non-perishable items from local businesses, groups, churches, individuals, and personal missions.