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48 Miles For 40,000 Meals

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Anita has been visiting Second Harvest’s Produce Truck since it first started bringing fresh food to her apartment complex. There are times when her knees are so swollen she can’t go to the store on her own. Having The Produce Truck come right to her takes away those accessibility barriers. “It’s still a challenge, but I know I can get down here. Someone is going to help me get back up.” Anita often shares her meals with residents who for mobility or health reasons can’t leave their rooms. Her favorite part about receiving fresh produce? “It’s fresh fruit and produce. It’s not junk. It makes you cook more. I’m eating healthier!”

Shae and Joshua

Shae, Joshua and their children moved to Murfreesboro in order to create a better life for themselves. They say that there are more opportunities in the bigger city and more forms of assistance that give them the chance for a new start. Shae says that the assistance they have been receiving has helped them to feed their kids three times a day. Right now they have set a goal for themselves to get a house and support themselves, but it’s expensive in TN. “If it wasn’t for this organization, my kids would go hungry.” says Shae.


Gallatin Shalom Zone is an afterschool at-risk feeding program for children of local residents. The children arrive after school to eat a meal, provided by Second Harvest Food Bank, and work on their homework with the assistance of afterschool program staff members, and play outside. The meals that kids receive at the afterschool program are vital to their overall wellbeing, “Many of the parents work during the day, and when they come by to pick up their children, it is very late for dinner. It improves behavior, focus, energy and everything that goes with food.”, says the Shalom Zone director.


Barry has been living in the area for a long time now, and he stops to pick up food at the Ark depending on the season — often winters are harder than summers. While at the pantry, Barry is also picking up some food to take to his mother, who is 83 years old. He gets some Food Stamps, but they are not that much. Barry is also disabled, he was a construction superintendent, but has been out of work since 2007. He also used to be in the Army. “I am a survivor,” says Barry.
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Thanks to your generous donations we have already raised almost $6,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. As promised I am matching an additional $5,000 which will be 44,000 meals and there is still time to donate!

I fished at 4:45 am yesterday morning and I am feeling tired, proud, and forever grateful for your support and willingness to help our neighbors. This was the ultimate test for a nearly 63-year-old, but I am so glad I did it and it's done.

However, the donation link will stay open until Monday, March 14th. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of hungry children, families, and seniors in our community. Also, if you'd like to learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, please visit their website.

Thank you,
Pete Benson




I’m excited to be running the 4 x 4 x 48 Goggins Challenge. On March 4-6, I’ll run 4 miles every 4 hours for a full 48-hour period. That means over two full days and nights I’ll be running a total of 48 miles!

Each year around my birthday (March 19) I do a run for a specific charity. This year, I want to raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank because they’re in critical need of funds (and volunteers, too).

If you’d like to sponsor me per mile, it will help keep me motivated—especially in the middle of the night! Here are some ideas:

  • 10 cents per mile for 48 miles would be nearly $5 (20 meals)
  • 25 cents per mile would be $12 (48 meals)
  • $1 per mile would be $48 (192 meals)

Each dollar provides four meals for a Second Harvest family. Plus, I’ll personally match up to a total of $5,000.

Please feel no obligation, but feel free to email me with questions or your sponsoring amount.

If you are not able to sponsor at this time, I know Second Harvest Food Bank would appreciate any time you could give to volunteer, and please pray and cheer me on to help me make it through what will likely be a couple of brutal days.

Thank you,
Pete Benson

About Second Harvest
Since the pandemic, 1 in 8 adults including 1 in 7 children struggle with hunger every day in Middle Tennessee. Hunger is closer than you think, but so is the solution. Currently, Second Harvest is experiencing a startling increase in need and more people than ever are using the food bank’s resources for the first time.

I am fundraising on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to provide food to people facing hunger and work to advance hunger solutions.

Second Harvest is distributing nearly 40% more pounds of food per week compared to before the pandemic. This means Second Harvest must purchase an additional 100,000 pounds of food each week to feed our Middle Tennessee neighbors. By supporting our Virtual Food Drive, your gift will provide hope to those in need.

How you can help
Click the ‘Donate’ button below and give what you can!

Second Harvest is proud to report that 96 cents of every dollar is donated directly to programming.

Together, we will fight hunger and feed hope.

Personal Progress:
143 percent of goal achieved.
TeamRaiser Achievement Badge
$5,000 Milestone
Raised $5,000 for the fight against hunger.

Goal: $5,000.00