U.S. Foodservice, vendors donate 10 tons of food to Second Harvest

Celebrating the opportunity to help Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee are representatives from U.S. Foodservice in Alcoa, and some of their vendors. From left are Thomas Gaines (FSE company), Arnold Bondi (T.W. Wilson), Lori Henningfield (Heinz), and Matt Bray, Kelly Taylor, Scott Ford, Dolph Reissig, Pam Mims, Debbie Christensen and Roger Nuchols - all with U.S. Foodservice.

Celebrating the opportunity to help Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee are representatives from U.S. Foodservice in Alcoa, and some of their vendors. From left are Thomas Gaines (FSE company), Arnold Bondi (T.W. Wilson), Lori Henningfield (Heinz), and Matt Bray, Kelly Taylor, Scott Ford, Dolph Reissig, Pam Mims, Debbie Christensen and Roger Nuchols - all with U.S. Foodservice.

U.S. Foodservice in Alcoa, with support of its vendors, delivered nearly ten tons of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee to help feed needy families across the region this holiday season.

U.S. Foodservice packed a tractor-trailer rig full of products such as meat, beverages, canned and frozen goods, which will help provide more than 14,286 meals to the hungry in 18 counties from Crossville to Morristown, said U.S. Foodservice representatives.

“We are so grateful to U.S. Foodservice and their vendors for coming to the aid of the hungry this holiday season,” said Elaine Streno, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. “This donation will be a huge help in restocking our shelves as the need for our services has grown tremendously.”

Dolph Reisig, president of U.S. Foodservice said the company was glad to help.

“We have always helped our local hunger relief agencies and are thankful to our vendors and customers for joining us in these efforts,” said Reissig. “We genuinely appreciate their outstanding support for such a worthy cause. It’s a great example of what we can achieve by working together to help others.”

Key food donors supporting U.S. Foodservice effort included Alpha Baking, Bay Valley, Campbell’s Soup Company, CF Sauer, Clemet Papas, Dart Container, Diamond Chrystal, Dole, Family Brands, Farmland, Fishery Products, Flowers, Genpak, Georgia Pacific, Heinz, Hormel, House of Raeford, HP Hood LLC, Jennio, John Morrell, Kronos, Mapleleaf Bakeries, McCain Foods, Menu Inspirations, Michael Foods, Nestle, Orval Kent, Pennant, Rich’s, Saputo, Slade Gordon, South Eastern Mills, Sugar Foods, Sweet Streets Desserts, Tampa Maid, Tones, Trident SeaFood, Ventura and Winona.

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is an affiliate of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. For more information, visit www.secondharvestknox.org.

Second Harvest distributes food to roughly 155,000 hungry people every month through a network of partner agencies throughout East Tennessee. Agencies are non-profit organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry and include church pantries, shelters, group homes, local kitchens, after-school program sites, rehabilitation centers and many others.

Second Harvest is audited annually and spends 4 percent of its budget on administrative expenses, 5 percent on fundraising and 91 percent on operating hunger-relief programs. The organization can provide 3 nutritious meals with every $1 donation.

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