Applaud Food Bank for Feeding Kids with Bus Program


Target: Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee

Goal: Thank Second Harvest Food Bank for providing lunches to needy children with its summer bus program.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is currently in its second year of running a summer lunch program whereby it brings meals to children using purchased school buses. The Lunch Express, noted the Johnson City Press, currently serves about 500 children at eleven sites.

This new effort is taking place against a backdrop of growing poverty in the United States. According to the Washington Post, which covered the Lunch Express program in a recent article, “more than 1 in 4 children now depend on government food assistance, a record level of need that has increased the federal budget and changed the nature of childhood for the nation’s poor.” Due to its ability to reach impoverished children where they live, the Lunch Express program represents a novel way for social service charities to help address childhood malnutrition.

Through signing this petition, you will help congratulate Second Harvest Food Bank for the success of its Lunch Express program. Initiatives such as this deserve both praise and support.


To Executive Director Rhonda Chafin,

I wish to congratulate you for the success or your organization’s Lunch Express. The effort and commitment the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has shown in managing and running this program represents a true commitment to your mission of providing food to those in need, as well as a model for other charities.

Services such as the Lunch Express are sadly needed more than ever in the midst of growing poverty due to the current economic recession. Through using buses to reach children where they live, your food bank has enabled many who would have not had the chance for a nutritious meal otherwise to be fed.

Thank you for the work the Lunch Express has done so far in addressing childhood nutrition, as well as the work it will continue to do in the future. I wish you the best of luck and continued success.


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