If you are looking for a way to lend a hand to the Katrina evacuees, Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee (located in Metro Center) is not only taking donations of food stuffs (at the main location or at your local Kroger-- list of most needed items detailed at website given below), but is needing able bodied folk to come sort donations and put together food boxes.
We were there Monday for a couple hours and plan on returning as we are able in the next weeks. We were grateful to have something to do that'd make a positive impact. When we arrived on Labor Day, there was only one other volunteer; when we left, there were a dozen or so others including a couple children and some teenagers. It didn't take long to get into a groove and put together boxes of food for families who'll be receiving them straight away....
Our local branch of Second Harvest guesstimates that these food boxes will be put together for the next month or so, both for the Katrina evacuees who've landed here in Nashville, as well as those farther away. Your time would be much appreciated.
You can contact the agency here, or go on over directly and tell the front desk that you're there with elbow grease:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37228
615. 329. 3491 (telephone) 615. 329. 3988 (facsimile)
You can learn more about the local office of this national agency here: