Helping Sustain People and the Environment
Soon after moving its operations to a new location, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee discovered that the building’s electrical system needed an overhaul.
The $94,044 expense was money that the Kingsport, Tenn., nonprofit did not have. After Feeding America and Southface Energy Institute awarded the foodbank a $47,022 matching grant, the Norfolk Southern Foundation pitched in to help Second Harvest meet the match requirement. The Foundation’s $25,000 grant in 2017 covered more than a quarter of the cost of the energy-efficiency project.
With the lighting upgrade, the food bank expects to save more than $14,000 annually in electric bills. Those savings will be reinvested into feeding approximately 43,000 people in eight northeastern Tennessee counties each month.
"Without the crucial matching grant from the Norfolk Southern Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank would not have been able to make the improvements to the warehouse," said Angie Sproles, the food bank’s development manager. "Every dollar saved on energy costs can be used to feed our hungry neighbors."