Clayton Wood calls the Lonsdale community an "urban food desert."
The Executive Director of 'SOAR,' an after-school program and ministry, says there are limited options for food.
"This specific area within Knoxville doesn't have a grocery store. A lot of the folks who live here walk to do everything. They don't have a driver's license or a vehicle, so often times, their food insecurity level here is very high," Wood said.
SOAR and the children who attend rely on Second Harvest's "Food for Kids" program, which supplies backpacks filled with kid-friendly food for elementary-aged children to take home over the weekend.
"A lot of them have younger siblings and they get excited about the types of food they're bringing home with them," Wood said. "So it's been really neat to see the joy that they have on Friday of being able to bring home the food to their family. They aren't the exact provider of it, but they feel very blessed to be able to bring something home."
Food for Kids extends to more than 10,000 children in 18 local counties.
It's an expensive project for Second Harvest, but you can help.
From July 29th through August 10th join WBIR, B97.5 FM and Kroger as we work to fight childhood hunger in East Tennessee.
Kroger stores will give customers a chance to become a Backpack Buddy at all of their East Tennessee locations during the two-week fundraiser.
Shoppers will be able to make a donation to support the program by tearing off a Backpack Buddy Club 10 card and scanning it at the register.
Stay tuned to 10News throughout the Backpack Buddy Club 10 campaign as we highlight stories about the Food for Kids program and childhood hunger in East Tennessee.