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Leads sought in Second Harvest truck theft

A truck used to deliver food for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee’s children’s program was stolen sometime between 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3.

The 2004 model 3500 Chevrolet Silverado was taken from the food bank’s warehouse parking lot after assailants destroyed the locks securing a fence. The truck is valued at $55,000 and was insured. Most of the money used to purchase the truck was donated through a grant from Variety, the children’s charity of East Tennessee.

“I feel like we were violated,” said Elaine Machiela, executive director of Second Harvest. “This truck was used to feed children and to take that away, in my mind, is like taking from these kids’ mouths.”

The stolen truck was used to deliver food to the 28 Kids Café sites and 27 Food for Kids sites. The food was supplied to more than 1,100 children through the Kids Café program and more than 1,200 different children through the Food for Kids program. Food for Kids is a collaborative effort between Second Harvest and area elementary schools that discreetly delivers backpacks full of healthy, easy-to-prepare food to needy children. Kids Café enhances existing programs that target at-risk children by providing food for hot meals.

The diesel truck had Second Harvest and America’s Second Harvest logos on the back, and Second Harvest logos on both truck doors. It was delivered to Second Harvest on Dec. 3 and has 2,456 miles on it. It is white and is 20 feet long with a refrigeration unit.

The license plate number is H240865 and the VIN No. is 1GBJC342X4E394158. Anyone with information about the stolen truck should contact the Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-7000.


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