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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that guides and authorizes funding for most federal food and farm policies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Every five years, Congress votes to reauthorize funding the Farm Bill. Anti-hunger advocates and hunger-relief organizations are closely watching this year’s reauthorization debate, as efforts are underway to either drastically cut some programs and/or completely eliminate them.
The most known programs in this debate are the SNAP and Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) - two programs that affect Americans earning below the poverty line. In FY 2011, 45 million Americans received SNAP and 777 million pounds of food was distributed nationally through TEFAP. In the eight county service area of Second Harvest, 99,473 individuals receive SNAP.
The US Senate is the first house of Congress to debate the legislation, and numerous amendments have been offered to either cut or eliminate SNAP and TEFAP. In fact, the Senate recently defeated one such amendment that would have redistributed SNAP funding into block grants and eliminated TEFAP. The amendment was defeated by a solid bi-partisan vote of 65-33. The US House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on these programs on Monday, June 18, 2012.
Urge your members of Congress to support programs such as SNAP and TEFAP that help many Tennesseeans and Americans who earn below the poverty line.
LOCAL LETTER CARRIER’S FOOD DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS!!
On Saturday, May 12, The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) held their Annual Food Drive called “Stamp Out Hunger”. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support received from the Northeast Tennessee community during the 2012 NALC Food Drive.
Over 100,000 pounds of food was collected during the food drive to help feed people in need in our region. The Food Bank thanks everyone who made a donation to the Food Drive.
We also want to thank the following groups who made the food drive a success:
- AARP for supplying bags and helping promote the food drive
- Local letter carriers for delivering cards and bags before the drive and collecting the food during their regular mail deliveries, and
- The great volunteers who helped collect the food.
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While food insecurity is a formidable public health challenge throughout the nation, one group that is particularly vulnerable is older Americans. According to our parent organization, Feeding America, 3 million older Americans are served by partner Food Banks. This problem becomes complex in that as older Americans age, they need to give more consideration to their health and medical needs. This type of focus can easily become compromised if there is not enough food to eat or if there are not any funds available to purchase the most appropriate foods.
And, this problem is amplified in southern states and rural areas. For example, a study that focused on the experience of food insecurity among older Americans found that food insecure seniors sometimes had enough money to purchase food but did not have the resources to access or prepare the food due to lack of transportation, functional limitations, and/or health problems.
AARP and the AARP Foundation have focused attention to this serious challenge by developing the “Drive to End Hunger.” In a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast TN and Feeding America-Southwest VA, the “Drive to End Hunger” is an effort to raise food and funds for local Food Banks and help those in need of food assistance. Four-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon drives the “Drive to End Hunger” car in the upcoming races at Bristol Motor Speedway!
Food and fund donations for the “Drive to End Hunger” can be made at local Food City Grocery Stores. Food Bank barrels are prominently located at the stores, and the donation vouchers are in amounts of $1,$3, and $, and they will be conveniently added to your store total.
For more information about how you can “leave hunger in the dust,” please click on one of the links:
According to findings from a Second Harvest Food Bank Community Needs Assessment, a School Pantry program has the potential to reach many students who could benefit from food assistance yet are unable or unwilling to take advantage of current opportunities for food assistance, or also known as “interventions.”
Interviews with school nurses, counselors, teachers and other community stakeholders noted that the Food Bank’s Food for Kids program is necessary and worthwhile. Sadly, however, those interviewed stated that a social stigma was associated with receiving the backpack; and for this reason, many children and youth do not participate. A school pantry could offer an opportunity for the parents of children and youth to access needed food in a safe and neutral environment.
The Food Bank has started two School Pantries, one with Greeneville City Schools and their Family Resource Center and another with First United Methodist Church in Johnson City, TN. For more information about the School Pantry program, contact Mary Beth Williams, Child Hunger Corps Specialist, at 423.477.4053, x. 226.
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).