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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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1 in 8 people, including 1 in 7 children, struggle with hunger every day in Middle and West 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.

So this year, Sol Kendamas, and Kendama Cares are hosting the Battle At The Border canned food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a program that provides food to people facing hunger, while working to advance hunger solutions.
Food shortages, inflation and supply chain issues across the country have drastically impacted Second Harvest's ability to source donations of nutritious food for our neighbors facing hunger. This means Second Harvest must provide more to feed our Middle and West Tennessee neighbors.

We are so excited to announce that this year, anyone participating in this event virtually, whether as a spectator, or a competitor, has a unique opportunity to join us in our community outreach efforts, and enter into our raffle fun. Both - in person, and online support of this food drive provides hope, as well as meals, to those in need here in Nashville.How you can help


When we heard that peanut butter was the most asked for, least donated item on the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s wish list, we decided to put our focus there first!

» We looked at the average cost for peanut butter across the US, and assigned raffle ticket values in $5 increments.

» Every $5.00 of a donation = 2 raffle tickets, $15.00 donation = 6 raffle tickets, and so on.

» After you have completed the donation process, you will recieve a message that includes your raffle ticket numbers.

» Stay tuned to the Sweets Kendamas, Twitch Livestream to hear approximate raffle pull times, and catch them LIVE ( or find someone to listen on your behalf )

» You will need to be “present” to win.

» If you hear your number, say “me me me” in the chat, and a KenCares representative will quickly verify and confirm we have a match, and get the shipping information for your prize.

» To begin your guided donation process, use the donaton link on this page.

Second Harvest is proud to report that 96 cents of every dollar goes directly to our feeding programs.

Thank you for your support. Together, we will fight hunger, feed hope, and "spread" kendama love!

Personal Progress:
14 percent of goal achieved.

Goal: $1,000.00