Two days of the 2013 Food City Food Show brought in many folks, hungry and anxious to try new items.
More than 140 vendors (mostly food vendors) handed out freebies.
Everything from tomatoes to cookies, chips, sweet tea, cokes, cheese, and sausage is given away!
The line of guests sampling is never ending.
Emerson Breeden of Food City says, "The consumer is able to ask about the product and sample it before they buy it. We always have a crowd, and they never go home hungry! They eat a lot of food here and take a lot of samples home with them."
And even after their plates and bellies are full, there are leftovers!
And they end up at Second Harvest Food Bank in Maryville.
Jeff Gross the Food Rescue Manager says, "This year we picked 25,057 pounds which I do believe is the record we've picked up at the Food City Food Show."
That breaks down to 30,000 meals!
Jeff says, "That we can distribute to our 300 agencies free of charge. It's a tremendous help!."
The items, produce especially, were sent out to agencies as soon as they came in.
And as Jeff says, "It's a continuing fight, (feeding the need) but that's what we're here for."
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