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June 23, 2024

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Volunteer at Local Food Banks

Families, friends, scouts ... everyone can be a volunteer and the local food banks need your help!

Feed America First

319 Murfreesboro St., Murfreesboro

Families can volunteer on a weekly basis if they want at Feed America First. Every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., all ages (with adult supervision) may volunteer to prepare food boxes. While you can come at any time, please do call ahead. Space varies week to week. They also host a few volunteer events every now and again as well as other weekly volunteer opportunities. Keep up with the latest ones at In addition to volunteering, fun events are great, too. The 'Boro Buggy Bash takes place Saturday, Sept. 8. It's Murfreesboro's first and only all-in-one competition. It's a fundraiser, food drive, relay race extravaganza. Teams of four – eight people compete by raising food and funds prior to the event. The day of the Bash, teams wear costumes and race a decorated buggy. With the food collected from the team’s food drive, teams race to different checkpoints. This whimsical food-sorting-relay-race features twists, turns, sabotages and surprises. Prizes are up for grabs, too. The race itself takes place at The Experience Community Church (521 Old Salem Road). Check-in is 8:30 a.m. followed by welcome, announcements and race rules at 9:30 a.m. The race kicks off at 10 a.m. Sign your team up FAST! Contact Julie at

Second Harvest Food Bank

1958 Almaville Road, Smyrna

This new Southern Distribution Center seeks volunteers for food sorting. Ages 12 and older can volunteer Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Volunteers assist with evaluating, sorting and packing food donations from grocery stores, food drives and farms for distribution. Projects vary and may include packing food bags/boxes. It's a warehouse environment, too, so please dress appropriately for the environment and activities (closed-toe shoes are required). Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST have a parent or guardian sign the Youth Volunteer Waiver, too.

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