Second Harvest Food Bank breaks ground on expansion

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – A regional food bank committed to eliminating hunger celebrated the start of its warehouse expansion Tuesday.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon to mark the start of the project on Jericho Drive in Kingsport.

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A plan for the community kitchen project was approved Tuesday. Second Harvest leadership told News Channel 11 that the expansion will allow the food bank to prepare 80 hot meals each day for children in need.

The expansion will also create more space to train volunteers for meal preparation.

“We will be able to adequately help our volunteers and be able to not only provide resources to them, but we will have the facilities and the space that we can bring in large groups,” Second Harvest Food Bank Executive Director Rhonda Chafin said. “It’s always been challenging, and it is to many non-profits that they don’t have the space to bring in large volunteer groups.”

The expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of June.

In December 2023, Publix donated $75,000 to Second Harvest, with $50,000 to be put toward the expansion.

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