Second Harvest kicks off Red Nose Day celebration to curb local child hunger

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated May 23, 2018 at 10:34 PM

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is celebrating Red Nose Day with the kickoff of its Summer Feeding Program for children at greater risk of hunger when school is out and free and reduced-priced school meals are not available.

Launched in 2015 by the nonprofit organization Comic Relief Inc., Red Nose Day is a national fundraiser aimed at ending childhood poverty and a fun way to bring people come together to address the very serious problem of childhood poverty in the United States and around the world.

Because the underlying mission of Red Nose Day goes hand in hand with Second Harvest programs to eliminate child hunger, the food bank is attempting to create buzz about today’s celebration across Northeast Tennessee,

The celebration will begin with a Red Nose Day press conference to announce the kickoff of the food bank’s 2018 Summer Feeding Program for an estimated 5,000 local children, starting at 10 a.m. at the food bank at 1020 Jericho Road, Kingsport. The press conference will be followed by volunteer opportunities for community members to help the food bank’s staff pack food boxes and perform other tasks needed to get the Summer Feeding Program started.

Red noses will be available for a $1 donation and a photo booth will be set up to provide those in attendance with a fun memento of the important work they do to curb local child hunger … wearing their red noses.

The Second Harvest Summer Feeding Program will provide free breakfast and lunch for children of all ages on a first-come, first-served basis at feeding sites across the region. No application and no proof of eligibility is required.

Breakfast sites in Washington and Carter counties include The Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc.; the Johnson City Housing Authority Advance STEM program site at 130 Garden Drive; Memorial Park Community Center at 127 Dyer St.; and Happy Valley Elementary School, East Side Elementary School and Harold McCormick Elementary School, all in Elizabethton.

Washington County lunch sites include Beaver Hollow and Stoneybrook apartments on Swadley Road, Lakewood Village Apartments, Pinecrest Apartments, Lake Terrace Apartments, Tyler Apartments, Meadowbrook Mobile Home Park, Amberwood Apartments, Fairview Community Apartments, Heritage Trailer Park, Carver Recreation Center, Advance STEM at 130 Garden Drive, Keystone Community Center, the Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc. and Jackson Heights Apartments in Jonesborough.

Carter County lunch sites include Cloverbrook Estates, Stoney Creek Mobile Home Park, Sunflower Lane Mobile Home Park, Elizabethton HUD, East Side Elementary, Elizabethton Public Library and Harold McCormick Elementary.

Unicoi County lunch sites include Whispering Meadows Apartments, Railroad Street Mobile Home Park, Rock Creek Mobile Home Park, the Erwin Housing Authority on Carolina Avenue, the YMCA of Unicoi County and the Unicoi County Library.

A complete list of Summer Feeding Program sites across Northeast Tennessee may be obtained by calling Second Harvest at 423-279-0430. More information about the program is also available at netfoodbank.org and at the Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee page on Facebook.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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