Friends of the Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
September 7, 2015
by Elizabeth Bradbury

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee - a Feeding America-member food bank located in Nashville - kicked off Hunger Action Month on Tuesday, Sept. 1 with a “Volunteer & Have a Beer” event hosted by the organization’s young professional group, Friends of the Food Bank. More than 100 young professionals gathered at Second Harvest’s Martin Distribution Center in Nashville to volunteer their time to take action to end hunger.

This second annual Hunger Action Month “Volunteer & Have a Beer” event marked the largest Friends of the Food Bank volunteer event to date. Volunteers not only gave their time but also their food and funds to collectively donate 375 pounds of food and $110, which will provide more than 750 meals to Middle Tennesseans in need.

Upon arrival, attendees were assigned one of three activities – food sorting, assembly packing and frozen sorting. Within one hour, volunteers sorted 3,500 pounds of grocery rescue product, packed 1,860 pounds of coffee and sorted 10 pallets of frozen product. After the volunteer shift, guests enjoyed beer and wine with appetizers donated by food sponsors Paradise Park and Shoney’s. In addition, this event was one of the lucky recipients of the Feeding America traveling Hunger Action Month photo booth, so guests enjoyed snapping selfies and participating in the Spoontember social media challenge.

Presenting sponsor, Propak Corporation generously donated $5,000 in support of this Hunger Action Month event. “Sponsoring this worthy cause was both fun and rewarding,” shared Phillip Langford, Senior Vice President of Logistics. “I was extremely pleased and humbled to see so many people sharing their time, talent, and resources.” Propak thanks Friends of the Food Bank group and Second Harvest for all their work and looks forward to continuing to help and serve the community in 2015 with their Propak Cares Campaign. “It is important that we continue to seek ways to help those in need within our communities,” said Langford.

Friends of the Food Bank was established in April 2014, to strengthen Second Harvest connection with young professionals in Middle Tennessee. This community joins the fight against hunger through engaging opportunities to create long-term advocates, donors and volunteers.

“Hunger is something that every person, regardless of socioeconomic status, feels on a daily basis,” said Lee Cunningham, Friends of the Food Bank Steering Committee Member. “Friends of the Food Bank connects like-minded young-professionals in our community that not only love having a great time but also care about giving back to the community in which we live and work.”

Events and activities of Friends of the Food Bank are open to all young professionals who are interested in engaging with Second Harvest’s mission. Friends of the Food Bank are young professionals supporting Second Harvest and fighting hunger through friends, funds and food. Learn more at

 *Elizabeth Bradbury is the communication manager at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee:

Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. It is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit

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