Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee sets goal to collect 68,000 pounds of food
NASHVILLE, TN, Nov. 17, 2008 –The Tennessee Titans will team up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for the annual food drive on Sunday, Nov. 23 as the Titans take on the New York Jets at LP Field.
The Titans are encouraging fans to donate non-perishable food to Sunday's Titans/Jets game.
In response to the significant increase in Emergency Food Box requests, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is mobilizing all efforts to increase donations and has issued a challenge to all Titans fans to donate at least one pound of food during the annual Titans Food Drive this Sunday.
"If every fan attending the game donates at least one pound of non perishable food, then Titans fans will raise 68,000 pounds of food that will result in thousands of meals for hungry families in Middle Tennessee," said Jaynee Day, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
The donations needed most include
• canned tuna or chicken
• peanut butter
• canned vegetables
• canned fruit
• macaroni & cheese
Donations will be accepted by Second Harvest Food Bank at the Game Day Drive Collection Points at LP Field and at the City Plaza and the First Church of Nazarene beginning at 10 a.m. when the gates open to LP Field until kick off.
Fans are also encouraged to help raise funds for Second Harvest by donating online through the Virtual Food Drive located at www.secondharvesetmidtn.org now through Nov. 23. Each dollar donated allows Second Harvest to purchase five pounds of food providing four nutritious meals for hungry families in Middle Tennessee.
In addition to the Food Drive, Campbell's Chunky soup is inviting Titans fans to show their team spirit and help give back to their local communities through its annual "Click for Cans" online competition. NFL Fans around the country will have the chance to click and vote for their favorite team as part of "Campbell's Chunky" soup's commitment to tackling hunger in NFL communities, helping to secure much needed food donations. This program also benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Fans can vote at www.chunky.com
"Our fans have always been generous when donating to our community drives and we are confident that they will do so in this time of need" stated Bob Hyde, Vice President of Community Relations of the Tennessee Titans. "We can all make a difference and our community needs our support now more than ever."
Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. The Food Bank's mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. In the 2006 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed more than 30 million pounds of food to hungry men, women and children by partnering with 400 agencies across the state of Tennessee. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has been named America's Second Harvest's 2003 Affiliate of the Year. Ninety-four cents of every dollar donated goes to support the Food Bank's programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.
The final Titans stadium drive will be the Toys for Tots drive in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on December 7th vs. Cleveland Browns.