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Derby Day event raises $31,000 for hunger prevention programs in Greene Co.

(PHOTO: SHFB)

A local organization reaped the rewards Tuesday from an event that raised thousands to help deserving children in Greene County.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee announced the Derby Day fundraiser held by the Laughlin Health Care Foundation earlier this month during the running of the Kentucky Derby helped collected $31,000 for the agency.

The money is earmarked for the food bank's Summer Food Service program that provided 585 children last year in the Greeneville/Greene County service area with meals from early June until school resumes in August.

The areas being served beginning next month include:

Blue Springs Lakeshore Apartments Prairie Lane Snapps Ferry MHP Greeneville Terrace Apartments Bolton Village

Second Harvest Executive Director Rhonda Chafin said she anticipates more children participating in the program this year and more mobile sites are being added in the area.

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