Realtor earmarks 75% for Food Bank

Adam Joachim may have only lived in Farragut a short time, but he is looking to give back to the community in a big way.

The Realtor and former active duty U.S. Air Force Technical sergeant joined Coldwell Banker Wallace in Farragut after moving to Town with his wife, Heather, and infant daughter, Emma Lynne, just five weeks ago — and is pledging 75 percent of his April commissions to Second Harvest Food Bank.

“I am in a unique position right now to be able to give away the majority of my real estate commission, and I Googled various charities,” explained Joachim, a native of Florida who met and married Heather in California while in the service. “I was really touched by what Second Harvest does for the community, especially when I found out 39 percent of its customer base is made up of children.”

He said further research indicated the Food Bank, which serves not only Knox but surrounding counties, has been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 crisis.

Second Harvest officials were touched by Joachim’s offer.

“His generosity in this initiative is a perfect example of how East Tennesseans have stepped up in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Susanna Hopps, marketing and communications coordinator for Second Harvest. “It is so inspiring and humbling to be chosen as the recipient of these funds. We are so grateful to Adam for choosing to gift his commissions to Second Harvest.

“In hard times, it truly is wonderful to see how East Tennesseans take care of each other and strive to serve their neighbors — even if from a social distance,” she added.

“For the foreseeable future, our greatest need will be funding. At this time we are buying more food than ever before.”

The closure of many area restaurants has impacted Second Harvest’s inventory, as it relied on unused food from that resource to help serve needs, according to Kristie Hopwood, agency relations coordinator for Second Harvest.

Anyone wishing to donate to Second Harvest may do so on its website: or by mailing a check to 136 Harvest Lane in Maryville, Tenn. 37801. 

“A donation of $140 can feed a family of four for two weeks,” said Hopps, adding, “Ninety-five cents of every dollar donated goes directly to hunger-relief efforts.”

Joachim will be finishing out his military service as a boom operator with the McGhee Tyson National Guard Unit starting in July, but will simultaneously continue his real estate practice.

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“During this time of uncertainty, God has really provided for us,” Joachim said. “We were able to sell our house, and my wife got a job at AFC Urgent Care very quickly.

“I’m just happy we can give back to the community we have fallen in love with.”