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Participate in Hunger Action Month and Help Solve Hunger

Second Harvest NETN Food Bank Director, Rhonda Chafin with Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken

Second Harvest NETN Food Bank Director, Rhonda Chafin with Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken

Participate in Hunger Action Month and Help Solve Hunger

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

By Bob Aiken, Feeding America CEO

Nearly 49 million Americans struggle with hunger. These Americans live in every single county and congressional district in the U.S. Hunger is a real issue in America – and a major one at that. Yet, it doesn’t have to be. If we work together as a nation, we can solve hunger.

That’s why Feeding America created Hunger Action Month™, which takes place each September. Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. The campaign brings greater attention to hunger in the U.S. and promotes ways for people everywhere to get involved in the movement to fight it.

You can help mobilize your community and get involved by taking any or all of the actions below.

Take Action Online:

  • TURN ORANGE FOR HUNGER RELIEF™ by making your Facebook and Twitter profiles orange on Hunger Action Day, Thursday, September 4th
  • DONATE your status and share your local hunger statistics on Facebook and Twitter.
  • LIKE & FOLLOW Feeding America and your local food bank on social media.
  • PLEDGE your support for the more than 1 in 5 kids in the United States who face hunger by signing Feeding America’s Feeding a Strong Future pledge.
  • INVITE your Member of Congress to visit a child feeding program of your local food bank. Congressional visits shine a spotlight on the role food banks play in solving child hunger.

Take Action In Your Community:

  • TURN ORANGE FOR HUNGER RELIEF™ by wearing orange on Hunger Action Day. Share a pic of your orange style socially with @FeedingAmerica and use the hashtag #HungerAction.
  • VOLUNTEER at your local food bank and be part of the hunger-relief solution. Share a pic of your volunteer experience with @FeedingAmerica via social media and use the hashtag #HungerAction

We can all do our part to solve hunger. This September, do you part by participating in Hunger Action Month. Visit www.hungeractionmonth.org to get involved.

 
 

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Attend Travel Show to Support Second Harvest Food Bank

 

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Sunset in Acapulco

More than 20 travel companies will come together again for the AAA Cruise and Travel Show to offer hundreds of vacation possibilities, door prizes and travel deals on Saturday, February 9 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Millennium Centre, Johnson City behind the Carnegie Hotel. AAA travel experts will be available to help you plan and book your dream vacation and answer any questions you have. Plus, you can register to win the grand prize, a Royal Caribbean Cruise.

100% of admission fees, $6 ($5 for AAA members), will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. Food Donations will also be accepted at the door.“The Cruise and Travel Show is a fun event with a great pay off- incredible deals and helping our community,” said Donna Ottinger, Field Travel Manager. The Food Bank is happy that AAA has chosen Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee again this year as the Charity to benefit from the travel show. AAA’s support through the years has helped us meet the need for food assistance in Northeast Tennessee.”

 

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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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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.

Farm Bill 2012: Key Legislation Impacts Millions of Americans

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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THANK YOU FOR A GREAT LETTER CARRIER’S FOOD DRIVE

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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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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FINAL day to Vote to FIGHT Hunger

Vote Now to Fight Hunger

FINAL day to Vote. We need your school, college, corporation to do this by 11 p.m. TONIGHT! We’re in 2nd place, we need your vote to win! (on Apple products get ‘Atomic Lite’ Free App to Vote) https://apps.facebook.com/walmartfighthunger/profile/1961?src=share

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Campaigns

 

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YOUR VOTE and all your Friends can get us back in the lead

Volunteer smiling handling food to child

We can do this please VOTE and SHARE with all your friends! YOUR VOTE and all your friends can get us back in the lead! Please go the the link below and vote TODAY and every 24 hours through Monday. Please vote for Johnson City! Please vote every 24 hours until Monday night! Thanks for your support!Please click the link below to help now: https://apps.facebook.com/walmartfighthunger/profile/1961?src=share

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Campaigns

 

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