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Polling Data Shows Overwhelming Support for Efforts to End Hunger

The Food Research and Action Council (FRAC) conducted a survey on citizen’s attitudes to hunger.  By an overwhelming margin, American voters opposed cutting food stamp assistance (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) as a way to reduce government spending. Seventy-seven percent of voters say this is the wrong way to reduce spending and only 15 percent favor cutting such assistance.

  • The opposition to cutting food stamps crossed party lines: 92 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Independents, and 63 percent of Republicans say this is the wrong way to reduce spending.
  • Only nine percent of those polled said they would be more likely to support a candidate who favors cutting funds for the food stamp program; half said they would be less likely.
  • Opposition to food stamp cuts is even more overwhelming than in polling data FRAC released in November 2010, when 71 percent said it was the wrong way to cut spending.

Voters are broadly concerned about the nation’s hunger problem: 81 percent say that low-income families and children not being able to afford enough food to eat is a serious problem.

The poll of 1,013 registered voters was conducted by Hart Research Associates from January 11-17, 2012. Support for ending hunger and protecting food stamps was high across party lines, age, race, gender, income, and geographical areas.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Polling Data Shows Overwhelming Support for Efforts to End Hunger

The Food Research and Action Council (FRAC) conducted a survey on citizen’s attitudes to hunger.  By an overwhelming margin, American voters opposed cutting food stamp assistance (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) as a way to reduce government spending. Seventy-seven percent of voters say this is the wrong way to reduce spending and only 15 percent favor cutting such assistance.

  • The opposition to cutting food stamps crossed party lines: 92 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Independents, and 63 percent of Republicans say this is the wrong way to reduce spending.
  • Only nine percent of those polled said they would be more likely to support a candidate who favors cutting funds for the food stamp program; half said they would be less likely.
  • Opposition to food stamp cuts is even more overwhelming than in polling data FRAC released in November 2010, when 71 percent said it was the wrong way to cut spending.

Voters are broadly concerned about the nation’s hunger problem: 81 percent say that low-income families and children not being able to afford enough food to eat is a serious problem.

The poll of 1,013 registered voters was conducted by Hart Research Associates from January 11-17, 2012. Support for ending hunger and protecting food stamps was high across party lines, age, race, gender, income, and geographical areas.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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AAA East Tennessee Travel Show January 21 to Benefit Food Bank

AAA East Tennessee Travel Show January 21

to Benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee

Tri-Cities, TN – Make plans to attend the annual AAA East Tennessee Travel Show and help support Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee on Saturday, January 21, 2012. This year’s event is being held atMeadowviewConvention Center inKingsport fromNoon until4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for AAA members and $6 for non-members or $5 plus a donation of 3 cans of food at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

Cruise lines and tour companies will be on hand offering great travel discounts and upgrades. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the afternoon. You can make your travel plans and reservations on site or simply gather information for future travel plans.

The Food Bank’s mission is to feed the hungry by securing and distributing food and grocery products to non-profitagenciesthat provide services to the needy in the eight-county region ofNortheast Tennessee. The Food Bank is experiencing record demand for food. You can help the food bank feed people in need by attending the travel show.

For more information contact AAA in Johnson City at (423)928-7671 or the Food Bank at (423)477-4053.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee Announces Walmart Foundation Donation

Mobile Food Pantry

Jan 18, 2012 -
Northeast, TN – Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee announces they are the recipient of a $40,000 grant from Walmart State Giving to benefit the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry program. This program provides assistance to people in communities that have little or no access to food.  The Walmart State Giving Grant, along with a new truck donated recently from the American Idol Gives Back Foundation and Feeding America, enables the Food Bank to expand its Mobile Food Pantry program.

During Fiscal Year 2012, the Mobile Food Pantry made 170 distributions, giving out over 397,000 pounds of food. Currently the Mobile Food Pantry is serving 22 sites in Northeast Tennessee. By 2013 the Food Bank hopes to serve 45 sites per month with the Mobile Pantry. The Mobile Food Pantry began as a pilot project in October of 2009. Second Harvest’s extensive gap analysis has identified communities in every county of its service area where people may not have enough access to retail stores, food pantries, soup kitchens, and other resources, along with a significant proportion of individuals living at or below the poverty level. These communities are targeted for the expansion of the Mobile Food Pantry Program. The Food Bank also plans to add sites in the other counties, and will increase the amount and nutritional quality of food included in each box distributed.    

Through the State Giving Program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations with programs that align with their mission to create opportunities so people can live better. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s current focus is on hunger relief efforts in the U.S. in order to support the record 1 in 6 Americans who do not know where their next meal is coming from. Walmart’s network of more than 4,000 store and club locations provided more than $11.9 million in funding to state and local-level organizations last year.

In addition to the Walmart Foundation Grant, the Food Bank is pleased to announce that one of their agencies, New Victory Baptist Church Help Center, Jonesborough, TN was the recipient of one of twelve $10,000 grants awarded during Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign. New Victory was chosen from more than 5,400 nominations from Facebook users who shared photos and descriptions of the nonprofit’s impact on their local community.

Over 8 million pounds of food and grocery products were distributed by the Food Bank during 2011, enough for over 5 million meals.  During 2011 food bank agencies and programs served over 36,000 individuals per month. The Food Bank encourages the community to get involved in helping feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee. Ways to help include making a monetary donation, becoming a Food Bank agency, volunteering or holding a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. Visit the Food Bank’s website http://www.netfoodbank.org for more information.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Donations

 

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HEAT or EAT? Families Shouldn’t Have to Make the Choice

HEAT or EAT?

The need for food assistance increases during the winter months as many families and individuals struggle to make the choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table.

In a national study of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recipients, 30% reported going without food for at least one day, 41% went without medical or dental care, 33% did not fill a prescription or took less than a full dose of their medication and 25% had someone in the home who became sick because the home was too cold. Source:  The National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, 2009 National Energy Assistance Survey.

Over 200 partner agencies work with your local Food Bank to help ease this burden by providing food and groceries to people in need.  Whether it is a can of food, an hour of your time, or a monetary donation, your support helps us fight hunger in Northeast Tennessee!

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, contact the Food Bank or view our website for a list of partner agencies that can assist you. If you know someone in need of heating assistance, the local contact is the Upper East TN Human Development Agency (UETHDA).

 

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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