NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is in need of volunteers in Nashville, Smyrna and Camden.
The food bank has seen a large increase in demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say one-in-six families including one-in-five children in the mid-state are struggling to put food on the table.
“As we go into the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, we hope that our friends will extend the national day of service and commitment throughout the coming weeks as we work to help our neighbors in need,” Second Harvest President and CEO Nancy Keil said in a press release. “The demand for food assistance is at an all-time high with a 50 percent increase heading into the new year, and we’re doing all we can to get nutritious food out to our neighbors. We’re hopeful that our friends will answer the call as they did last year and support us during this critical time as we help those who are struggling.”
Keil stressed the food bank has taken numerous actions that meet or exceed current CDC guidelines to ensure the safest possible environment for the volunteers, including limiting the number of people per shift, mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, sanitization stations and other measures.
Both individuals and small groups are encouraged to participate. These opportunities are for ages 12 and older.