Nashville, TN

Joshua Mi dedicates his summer break to help those in need through Second Harvest Food Bank

Lenny Schumacher

NASHVILLE, TN — Joshua Mi has been devoting his summer breaks to help sort and pack food items for his neighborhoods in need through Second Harvest Food Bank since 2018. He first knew about volunteering opportunities from his school, Montgomery Bell Academy. At that time, his school started yearly initiatives with Second Harvest to share awareness and donations for food security.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a non-profit organization based in Nashville. It started operating in 1978 when a group of community leaders made a bold commitment to assist and support individuals in need. As result, they bridge the companies, groups, and individuals who wanted to provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee by providing a central distribution center.

Mi stated that working as a volunteer is an incredible experience since he has the opportunity to meet individuals with different backgrounds and learn about people and places that he had never known before. To him, volunteering is more than helping and supporting the marginalized community. Beyond that, it grows the bond and relationship with the teams and it is amazingly meaningful.

“For me personally, it is important to volunteer in order to support to the most vulnerable within the community. Furthermore, I want to provide for local communities to create a better Tennessee in general,” said Mi.

To date, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has over two hundred food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. During FY20, Second Harvest distributed more than forty-one million pounds of food to more than 460 Partner Agencies. They successfully provide over 36.5 million meals to hungry children, families and seniors across their forty-six county service areas.

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