Monthly Archives: February 2012

School Pantry Program Has Potential to Curb Child Hunger

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.

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


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A Complete View of the SNAP Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – aka “Food Stamps” – is an issue of debate, and as the 2012 elections develop, the program will continue to be under scrutiny.

For many individuals in need of food assistance, SNAP is a front-line of defense.  Feeding America has developed a variety of resources to help educate the public about SNAP, its processes, and the recipients who utilize the program.

Please review the document entitled “SNAP Program Facts, Myths and Realities.”

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Is Hunger in America a Myth?

An recent op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal claimed that efforts by organizations such as Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank to address America’s hunger dilemma “are not entirely accurate.”  Feeding America CEO Vicki Escarra and hunger relief advocate Howard Buffett responded to the allegations.  Click here to see both articles.

You can make a tremendous impact in the community by informing your friends and neighbors about hunger in Northeast Tennessee and in the United States.  Visit our website for local information, and also click here to see current national statistics.

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Uncategorized