Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, one in eight adults and one in seven children in Middle Tennessee have struggled with hunger every day. Second Harvest has experienced a significant increase in demand, and more people than ever are using the food bank’s resources for the first time.
Second Harvest is distributing nearly 40 percent more pounds of food per week compared to before the pandemic. This means Second Harvest must purchase an additional 100,000 pounds of food each week to feed our Middle Tennessee neighbors.
How you can help
USAC is continuing its virtual food drive efforts this year. In 2021, USAC raised $5,310 to provide more than 21,000 meals for Middle Tennessee families. For 2022, the goal is $6,000 to provide 24,000 meals. By supporting the virtual food drive, your gift will provide hope to those in need.
Ninety-six cents of every dollar donated goes directly to Second Harvest food donations and programming.
USAC is comprised of staff throughout campus and represents staff members in University Central who are not in a union-eligible job. The council serves as an advisory group to Vanderbilt’s administration and staff on issues, policies and practices that affect the university and those served by the council.