By the Numbers
The Empty Stocking Fund’s Mission
We’re a 100% local, volunteer-run organization focused completely on helping families in need. As a nonprofit run by the Knoxville News Sentinel since 1912, we help make the holidays brighter for those who need it most.
In the heart of the pandemic in 2020, we knew our food donations were needed more than ever for the holidays. With your financial help, our team of volunteers distributed 2,000 baskets of food to struggling families.
Our goal of providing hundreds more baskets to families in need can only be achieved with your continuous support. Year-round donations provide more food baskets for more East Tennesseans.
It all started when group of Knoxville citizens proposed a project to feed needy families at Christmas back in 1912. They couldn’t have known that their big idea would be going strong over a hundred years later!
Thank You to Our Partners
Weigel’s gave its biggest gift ever this past holiday season to the Milk Fund benefiting Empty Stock Fund, easing the minds of thousands of East Tennesseans worried about how to provide food for their families. Weigel's, a company that has partnered with us for decades, donated $21,000 in 2020. "We're blessed to help," said Weigel's board chairman Bill Weigel.
Big Kahuna Wing Festival is all about giving back to the community. Yes, it’s a whole lot of fun to gather in Knoxville to taste wings with 100 sauces made by our region’s talented chefs, but the festival is about charity at its core. Empty Stocking Fund is a festival beneficiary because, as founder Matt Beeler puts it, we’re all about “family and food.”