LHJ / CMT Do Good Volunteer Day at Second Harvest

June 16, 2011 at 9:15 am , by

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Crystal Bowersox and Brian Walker at Second Harvest.

For the second year in a row, Ladies’ Home Journal kicked off CMA Music Festival week by hosting a volunteer afternoon at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. This year, though, the afternoon also served as a kickoff for our brand spankin’ new partnership with CMT One Country. Click here to read about how our partnership’s Do Good Rewards program can lead to you winning a trip to the CMT Music Awards in Nashville next year!)

We had some amazing musical talent lending us their muscles and elbow grease for the afternoon, including Steel Magnolia, Jimmy Wayne, Crystal Bowersox, Carter’s Chord, Margaret Durante and Coldwater Jane. Along with reps from both LHJ and CMT, these artists donated some of the very little free time they had during their frenetic week to sweat alongside us prepping supplies for Feeding America‘s BackPack program, which was designed to meet the needs of hungry kids at times when other resources aren’t available (such as weekends and school vacations). By the afternoon’s end, our volunteers had prepped 2,107 bags of food for the program! At the CMT Awards the next night, other musical acts signed some symbolic bags to be auctioned off to raise more funds for the program, to which CMT makes a generous donation in lieu of those pricey artist gift bags other awards shows usually give out.

To keep the spirit of our volunteer afternoon alive, LHJ and CMT are now partnering up for a Do Good Summer Virtual Food Drive. If you’re able, we’d love it if you could contribute to it, which will then in turn provide much needed food to programs such as the BackPack effort. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Of course, if you’d like to volunteer at a Feeding America food bank, that’s another great way to do good and make a difference. As you can see from the slideshow below (with Carter’s Chord’s “Love a Little Bigger” as a musical background), our volunteer afternoon was a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun. Click here to find the nearest food bank in your area. Be sure to let us know how it goes!

For more pictures from our volunteer event, additional info on the BackPack program and stats from Second Harvest, read on after the jump.

All photos by John Russell.

• Last year, volunteers at Second Harvest packed enough backpacks to feed 5,670 children every weekend.

• More than 3,497,180 pounds of food were sorted by for their Emergency Food Box and Community Food Partners programs.

• One in five children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure, and in Middle Tennessee alone, 31 percent of the people Second Harvest serves are children.

• Their food drives helped raise more than 1,025,075 pounds of food. If you can, please contribute to the LHJ/CMT Virtual Food Drive by clicking here. Thanks in advance!

All photos by John Russell.

From left: Jimmy Wayne, Joanna Robertson and Emily Fortney of Carter's Chord, Margaret Durante and Becky Robertson of Carter's Chord.

From left: Jimmy Wayne, Joanna Ott and Emily Fortney of Carter's Chord, Margaret Durante and Becky Robertson of Carter's Chord.

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Coldwater Jane's Leah Crutchfield and Brandon Jane break out of their boxes.

Jimmy Wayne speaks to the media about the day's special meaning to him.

Jimmy Wayne speaks to the media about the day's special meaning to him.

5 Responses to “LHJ / CMT Do Good Volunteer Day at Second Harvest”

  1. Thank you. I was one of the kids who didn’t look forward to summer vacation, actually thinking I could be hungry w/o school lunch. That was something that I actually thought about and there are many more.


  2. Thanks, Cassandra. There were a few volunteers that day with us who were in similar situations growing up. I know we all worked a little harder that day knowing that.


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