Nashville, TN - August 20,2019 - As we end summer and approach the holiday season, it can be easy to get wrapped up in travel itineraries, holiday plans with the family and getting the kids back to school. As the ProTenn staff began their own fourth quarter preparations, they felt compelled to contribute to less fortunate families in their local community of Nashville, TN. Finding an honest, trustworthy organization to work with can be difficult in today’s society, but once ProTenn discovered the Second Hand Harvest Food Bank of Nashville, they had no concerns.
Founded in 1978, the Second Hand Harvest Food Bank was meant to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee. Modeled after the first food bank established in Phoenix in the mid-1970s, Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry. During the first year, this process resulted in a total distribution of 160,000 pounds of food to 75 member agencies. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of more than 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed more than 31 million pounds of food to more than 460 Partner Agencies, providing more than 28 million meals to hungry children, families, and seniors throughout our 46-county service area. While organizations like Second Harvest are grateful for the agencies assisting with the distribution of collected goods, the Food Bank also relies on the help of local citizens and businesses such as ProTenn to make donations.
“Community relationships are what we’ve tried to establish here at ProTenn. A culture of caring, service driven leadership, and good character is something we genuinely try to achieve within our Nashville based company. With that being said, we feel that it is always the season of giving, and is always important to give back to those within our community who are without the support that we are so blessed to experience on a daily basis. This summer, we at ProTenn are not only thankful for our own blessings, but also for organizations such as the Second Harvest Food Bank that provide ways for us and many others to make a positive impact on our local area.”
- Director of Operations at ProTenn, Andrew Barger
Account Manager, Richie Hamilton, has always held value in giving back to his hometown community of Nashville and enjoys getting his counterparts engaged as well, in hopes of making a larger impression. Since becoming an Account Manager earlier this year, Hamilton has shown interest in getting even more involved with philanthropies that aid both impoverished adults and children.
“This past month we were able to raise 87 pounds of food for the Second Hand Harvest food bank. This charity has directly impacted thousands of local Nashvillians through the decades who have struggled to make ends meet. I'm proud to have partnered with them and look forward to more opportunities to give back to my hometown through ProTenn.”
- Account Manager, Richie Hamilton
As the number of people in need and at risk of hunger continues to rise, there are more than 605,000 people who are without the essentials to live an active, healthy life day to day. The tone of the entire ProTenn team, along with the smiles on their faces, spoke volumes to the excitement and passion they have about contributing to their community in an effort to lower that growing statistic. Aside from their contributions, ProTenn’s passion alone is inspiring and has not only made a strong impact, but has also helped the Second Harvest Food Bank of Tennessee get closer to fulfilling their mission of feeding hungry people and working to solve hunger issues in their community.
For more information about the Second Harvest Food Bank and ways you can donate visit their website at www.secondharvestmidtn.org To learn more about the ProTenn team, their philanthropic efforts, community outreach and company culture, visit their website at www.pro-tenn.com.