Food 2 Families: fighting hunger in Metro schools

Almost 20 percent of families in Nashville suffer from meal insecurity. While this is lower than the national average, it still affects about one out of every five people in Nashville. That’s one in every five children who don’t know what or if they’re going to eat today.

Children experiencing hunger find themselves at an automatic disadvantage in school. Hunger can affect how well students are able to concentrate, their physical and academic performance, their attitudes and their overall health.

That's why Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and WKRN News 2 team up every year to fight hunger and meal insecurity in Middle Tennessee by collecting food items in Metro schools. Through their annual Food 2 Families school food drive, they collect non-perishable foods so they can stock their food pantries with nutritious meals for families in need.


Last year, the Food 2 Families school food drive collected more than 320,000 donations from more than 70 schools. Naturally, they want to beat that this year!

Schools participating in the drive will collect donations from now (or whenever they register) until October 31. Parents can support the drive by sending items for donation to the schools with their children. Schools will have designated collection boxes or areas for the items.

Schools can register to participate in the drive on Second Harvest’s website. Elementary, middle and high schools are all encouraged to register.

If your school isn’t participating, and you would still like to participate, you can donate here.

Second Harvest Most Needed List:

  • Boxed or bagged rice
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned or dry beans
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Mac & cheese
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter