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).