Thousands could go hungry due to food banks running low on food

Maryville, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Second Harvest warehouse seems fully stocked but with the holidays rolling in - the need for food assistance is at its highest while supplies are low.

"In the last 18 months we've seen a 40% decrease in the amount of government commodities," said John Bell with Second Harvest.

Which means surplus food isn't making its way to the warehouse and the food bank is digging in its own pockets.

"It's been about a half million dollars worth of food that we have to go and fundraise for," said Bell.

Second Harvest partners with more than five-hundred local agencies - so when it runs empty, so will thousands of dinner tables.

In 2009 and 2010, Tennessee got more than 13 million dollars worth of surplus food. Now, that number is cut in half to 6.6 million bucks.

Donations can be made online at or by mail at Second Harvest, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville Tn 37801.

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