Community Partnership: Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
November 8, 2017
“Keurig and Second Harvest ensure a brighter future for our community by preventing the ache of hunger in children, letting them focus on the lessons at hand.”Elaine Streno, Executive Director, Second Harvest Food Bank of East TennesseeIn the eastern part of Tennessee, where our Knoxville facility is located, one in five people is at risk of hunger. We partner with the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, which serves more than 500 local food banks and other hunger nonprofits across 18 counties. In this multifaceted partnership, Keurig Green Mountain provides an annual grant, product donations, event sponsorship, and employee volunteer opportunities. Second Harvest also distributes our donated coffee to local hunger nonprofits where we’ve previously donated brewers, supplying more than 10,000 cups of coffee in fiscal 2016 alone.
Our employees volunteer in a variety of ways with Second Harvest, including the Food for Kids backpack program, which provides elementary school children with backpacks of food for weekends and school breaks. Our fiscal 2016 donation of $10,000 supported 100 students at three local elementary schools for the 2016–2017 academic year. We bring the food to our Knoxville facility and employees pack it on-site. Our facilities department is especially dedicated — the entire 37-person team volunteered this past year to pack more than 6,500 bags with food and distribute them weekly to the schools. Since fiscal 2010, we’ve contributed more than $62,000 to Second Harvest.