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Mobile Food Pantry Aids Northeast TN Seniors

Margaret, who is in her seventies, helped her husband farm for shares when he was alive. Now she survives on just over $400 a month in Social Security. When she can find the work and her health allows, she cleans houses to supplement her Social Security income. At times, she must choose between food and medications, rent or gas.Margaret’s story is increasingly common throughout the country and throughout Northeast Tennessee.

Feeding America has conducted extensive research on the issue and reported that the number of older adults is projected to increase by 36% over the next decade.  They also cite the fact that seniors are more likely to go hungry if they live in a southern state.  This finding is the due to the fact that southern states have rural areas with less access to communication and transportation networks than urban/metro areas.

Second Harvest Food Bank is well aware of this situation and has decided to take action through its Mobile Food Pantry program.  Bags of healthy, nutritious foods are distributed to needy seniors and families.  In fact, Mobile Food Pantry currently assists 470 seniors per month via its 33 sites.  For more information on the Mobile Food Pantry program, you may go to the Food Bank’s website or contact Austin Phillips at 423.477.4053, x. 225 or outreach@netfoodbank.org.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Food Bank Programs

 

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There Are Many Ways to Help Fight Hunger

ImageBecause of the giving nature of Northeast Tennessee citizens, the Food Bank is able to serve 38,000 individuals on a monthly basis.  We are also able to ensure that more than 4,100 children that are labeled as “chronically hungry” have nutritious food and snacks through our Food for Kids program

The Food Bank is grateful to all of our supporters who give their time, money, food or their voice to the effort of hunger relief. 

Even though September was Hunger Action Month, we thought that this blog post by Aimee Fortney was still appropriate.  The Food Bank greatly appreciates our volunteers and their commitment to service. 

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Student Food Drive Promotes Charity And Student Development

The Food Bank began its 5th annual Student Food Drive on October 2, 2012 with a Kick-Off Party for participating students.

Students and Advisors from area high schools have signed up to hold food drives and help raise food to feed people in the region with a food drive that runs from October 2 to November 8.  High school students challenge each other to participate in this challenge to receive cash awards based on school population and the amount of pounds of food collected per student.

The Student Food Drive accomplishes two goals – to participate in the immediate effort of collecting food and donating it to the Food Bank; and, to encourage young people to either start or enhance their commitment to volunteer service.  The Food Drive develops student leadership by challenging them to raise food, collect money to purchase food, and then find a way to deliver the food to the Food Bank. Last year over 38,000 pounds of food was collected by high school students in the region.

Supporters of the Food Bank are encouraged to support their local school’s efforts.  All high schools in the eight-county region that still wish to participate are encouraged to contact the Food Bank at (423)477-4053, x. 224 or donatefood@netfoodbank.org to sign up.

 

 

 
 

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