Volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank sort donated canned goods at the facility./THE TENNESSEAN
Thousands of East Tennesseans' selfless acts online will help thousands more get food this summer.
Second Harvest Food Bank in Blount County was competing for a chunk of money from Walmart's $3 million giveaway. The food bank needed to get in the top 40 spots by Wednesday night to earn $45,000.
They asked for your help and East Tennessee answered the call. On Monday, Second Harvest was in 43rd place. Thanks to thousands who voted online, the food bank jumped to fourth place in the country out of 200 food banks.
Executive Director Elaine Streno says the $45,000 couldn't have come at a better time.
"Summer is tough to raise money and get a lot of food drives because people are on vacation and they're not focusing. So this is a great time of year to get a $45,000 check to provide food this summer," she said.
The money will help serve 135,000 meals to thousands of hungry people across 18 counties.