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Second Harvest Cooks Meals For Storm Victims, Volunteers


HARTSVILLE, Tenn. - A big part of tornado relief is feeding the victims and volunteers.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is donating its facilities and food to deliver hot meals to the hardest hit areas.

An act of kindness in the form of a warm meal goes a long way when a tornado robs someone of everything they have.

"I am taking the already cooked product that is frozen and partially thawed and putting it in boiling water," said Matt Dennis of Second Harvest. "It's basically a boil-in-bag process."

Between Wednesday and Friday, the organization has sent 3,000 warm meals to tornado-ravaged areas of the Midstate.

"If you think of losing family members, house memories you shouldn't have to think about what am I going to eat next," said Marina Falzone, director of marketing and communication of Second Harvest.

From the boiler to the trucks, the Nashville Area Red Cross transports the food in heat-sealed containers and ships them out.

"We lost everything we had," said Jennifer Meyer, who is staying in a shelter in Hartsville.

She said she is thankful for the donations.

Jim Realey still has his home, but he doesn't have electricity.

"It means all the world to get a hot meal," he said before sitting down to enjoy the meal.

For Trousdale County residents who need help, food and water and clothing are available at a Red Cross relief center on Main Street in Hartsville.

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