USAC sponsors virtual food drive, increases goal to 20,000 meals

Vanderbilt’s University Staff Advisory Council is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to raise $5,000 and provide 20,000 meals before the end of February—an increased goal following the effort’s initial success.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, one in six adults—and one in five children—struggle with hunger each day in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest is experiencing a startling increase in need, and more people than ever are using the food bank’s resources for the first time. The organization is distributing nearly 40 percent more pounds of food per week compared to this time last year. This means Second Harvest must purchase an additional 100,000 pounds of food each week to feed our Middle Tennessee neighbors.

USAC has partnered with Second Harvest on annual food drives for many years. USAC is moving its efforts online this year to make an even greater impact and has set an updated goal to raise $5,000 and provide 20,000 meals by Feb. 28.

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Second Harvest donates 96 cents of every dollar directly to programming.