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Longtime volunteers log hours at Second Harvest food bank

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Now that Christmas is over, the spotlight isn’t shining as brightly on the need that never goes away; the need to feed the hungry in our area.

There are so many ways you can help throughout the year. Two good friends are making a difference at Second Harvest food bank.

Frank Word and Bud Cunningham stay busy loading boxes of food headed for pantries in East Tennessee, placing staples like cereal, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese inside. It’s enough to feed a family in need.

Word and Cunningham have logged a lot of miles over the last 14 years as regular Second Harvest volunteers, working in the warehouse and traveling the region talking to people who benefit from your donations.

“There are some really sad situations and some really hungry people,” Cunningham said.

“I just can’t imagine going hungry,” Word said. “And that’s why we do it.”

Word and Cunningham worked in the insurance industry for years. They retired at the same time and decided to give their free time to Second Harvest.

They are part of a valued volunteer base which has logged a total of 26,000 hours equal to 14 paid positions, allowing the food bank to serve more people at risk.

“That’s why 96 cents of every dollar you donate to us goes to feed people and not paying for the folks,” says Aaron Snukals of Second Harvest.

Our thanks to Frank Word and Bud Cunningham for giving their time and their hearts to serving others.

“It’s just a blessing. When we leave here, we really feel good,” Word says.

That’s what Positively Tennessee is all about.

Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation: www.secondharvestetn.org


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