Last month we hosted our 2nd Annual Downtown Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. And we were blown away by the way you responded!

We were overwhelmed by the compassion you showed and we are so grateful for everyone who donated or helped collect food for those in need. We’re truly inspired by your generosity. YOU donated 1196 food items! That's nearly 100 items more than we received last year. Thank you to our patients and other downtown residents and business professionals who came together to help feed familiies across Middle Tennessee this holiday season!

How you can continue to give back this holiday season

While the food you collected will help feed hundreds of families, the need is still great….

  • There are 103,000 people in Davidson County who classify as food insecure according to Second Harvest.
  • 1 in 6 Tennesseans will struggle with hunger this Holiday season.
  • 1 in 4 children are at risk of suffering from hunger, especially during the break from school.
  • Over 395,000 people in Middle Tennessee who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, much less what they’re going to eat for their holiday meals.

Whether you missed the food drive or you’re looking for ways to continue to give back this holiday season, here are a few simple ways you can provide food to those in need this holiday season:

  • Second Harvest has created some really cool ways for you to continue to give back this Holiday season. One way you can continue to help Second Harvest is by donating your lose change to help them fight hunger. Another simple way to help is to volunteer to help assist with the preparation, serving, and clean up at their First Harvest Café.  
  • The Nashville Food Project is another incredible organization helping to fight hunger in our city. Whether you enjoy growing food in a garden or preparing home-cooked meals, they provide several opportunities for you to use your skills and love of food to help those in need.
  • Community Food Advocates is an organization that was created in 2009 to address the root causes of hunger and poverty, and Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee. Located in East Nashville, the organization is doing incredible things to help those affected by recent reduction in food stamp benefits and there are numerous ways for you to help out.

These are just a few of the incredible ways you can help to bring a smile to someone in need this holiday season, but they’re definitely not the only ways to give back.

What are some other ways that you enjoy giving back here in Nashville during the holidays?