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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 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!


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