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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 email@example.com 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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