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Every Single Dollar You Donate Goes to Feeding Your Neighbors in East Tennessee!

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By the Numbers

people served each year
items per basket, enough for a holiday meal plus a week of nutrition
local volunteers who make this happen
cost per basket to feed a family of four for a week

The Empty Stocking Fund’s Mission

We’re a 100% local, volunteer-run organization focused completely on helping East Tennessee families experiencing food insecurity. As a nonprofit run by the Knoxville News Sentinel since 1912, we help make the holidays brighter for those who need it most.

Families are asking for food donations more than ever. With your financial help, our team of volunteers will distribute 3,000 baskets of food for a nutritious holiday meal plus enough staples to get through a week.

Our goal of providing hundreds more baskets to meet demand can only be achieved with your continuous support. Year-round donations help us make the most efficient plans for filling that need.


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!


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