Second Harvest Food Bank


Special Guest

Shelley Ellis-Ferrell
Donor Relation Coordinator
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joins The Housing Hour this week to update our listeners with the great work that the Second Harvest Food Bank is doing in our community!


And joint fundraising program with Mortgage Investors group!

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What is Second Harvest Food Bank?
Second Harvest Food Bank is the East Tennessee region’s largest hunger-relief charity; operating programs in 18 counties. The food bank secures and distributes over 16 million pounds of food and grocery products annually through a network of over 500 partnering non-profit organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and schools.

Why is it needed?
1 in 6 people in East Tennessee lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic needs. Among children in our community, 1 in 5 is at-risk of going hungry today. The need among senior citizens continues to rise. In our East Tennessee community, an astounding 200,000 people are at-risk of hunger.

How do you get food to the people who need it?
We work hard to build a partnership with any group that is committed to hunger-relief. Often, this is with other non-profit organizations that operate a local community feeding program or with locations like schools that agree to distribute food for consumption off-site.  When these organizations are not available, Second Harvest delivers food directly to clients. Our programs are arranged to reach every demographic in every corner of East Tennessee.  For a list of programs click here.

Who are partnering agencies that receive food from Second Harvest?
Partnering Agencies are non-profit organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry and include church pantries, shelters, group homes, soup kitchens, community centers, schools, rehabilitation clinics and many others. Second Harvest acts as a distribution and food-resource center for these organizations, saving them time and money and allowing them to concentrate on their core mission. Organizations like FISH, the Salvation Army, Open Arms, Western Heights, New Life, Community Food Connection, Appalachian Outreach, VMC and hundreds of other non-profits like shelters, pantries, senior center and schools depend on us in order to feed the hungry. On average, more than 75% of all food distributed by a church or a community pantry in East TN, comes from us.

Where does the food come from?
About 35% of our product is purchased at the request of non-profit organizations we serve. Items are purchased at bulk rate and at brokered discounts.The majority of food comes from donations of fresh, canned, prepared and packaged items by local grocers, restaurants, manufacturers, distributors and through food drives. This food is often time-sensitive, damaged or seasonal. All donated product must be inspected and often reworked or repackaged. The majority of donated items are delivered directly to other non-profits, for free, through various programs. Shelf-stable product that requires re-work and storage is available for non-profit partners at a rate of 1 to 19 cents per pound. Thats a typical savings of $1.47 per pound verses retail.

How efficient is Second Harvest?
Second Harvest is audited annually and spends 2% of our budget on administrative expenses, 4% on fundraising and 94% on operating our hunger-relief programs. We can provide 3 nutritious meals with every $1 donation. Charity Navigator confirms that 94% of funds are spent on programs. For additional third party evaluation check out GuideStar. Click here to view the latest Annual Report.

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon


Special Guest

Jason Altman

Race Director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

joins The Housing Hour to dicsuss the 2019   Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and the important role the The Knoxville Track Club plays in the community raising money and awareness for a variety of worthy causes, including, but not limited to the YWCA, Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville, the American Cancer Society, Knox County Schools, and local youth organizations.

Mortgage Invetstors Group is a proud sponsor Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon !

Sharon Rivers and Kelsey Deel

The Knoxville Marathon is the premier event of the Knoxville Track Club (KTC), a 501c(3) nonprofit located in Knoxville, TN. The event is produced by the KTC, with the help of the City of Knoxville, the University of Tennessee, and the title sponsor, Covenant Health.

The Knoxville Track Club is among the top ten largest track and field clubs in the U.S. The KTC encourages life-long physical well-being through running and walking. We offer year round programs that include running and walking events for people of all ages.

Bonus Interview: Tina Muir-Running is for Real!

Jason Altman

Jason  is the Race Director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is the Knoxville Track Club’s largest event.   He has served as the Race Director since 2007. Prior to that time, he served as a volunteer for the event in 2006 and ran the inaugural marathon in 2005. In his role,  Jason oversees all event operations including sponsorship recruitment, leading key volunteers, recruiting volunteers, and all race weekend logistics.

Jason also serves the community as the Chair of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and as a member of the City of Knoxville Greenways Commission.  He recently began service on the Active Communities Committee which is a partner group to the Community Health Council.

Jason is an accomplished runner with 4 wins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon. In 2016, he won the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in November and then the Kiawah Island Marathon in December.  He has won several other events at various distances.

Jason was honored in  2014  as the recipient of the Greater Knoxville’s Business Journal 40 Under 40 and is a graduate of the Introduction Knoxville program through Leadership Knoxville.