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Mobile Food Pantry Aids Northeast TN Seniors

Margaret, who is in her seventies, helped her husband farm for shares when he was alive. Now she survives on just over $400 a month in Social Security. When she can find the work and her health allows, she cleans houses to supplement her Social Security income. At times, she must choose between food and medications, rent or gas.Margaret’s story is increasingly common throughout the country and throughout Northeast Tennessee.

Feeding America has conducted extensive research on the issue and reported that the number of older adults is projected to increase by 36% over the next decade.  They also cite the fact that seniors are more likely to go hungry if they live in a southern state.  This finding is the due to the fact that southern states have rural areas with less access to communication and transportation networks than urban/metro areas.

Second Harvest Food Bank is well aware of this situation and has decided to take action through its Mobile Food Pantry program.  Bags of healthy, nutritious foods are distributed to needy seniors and families.  In fact, Mobile Food Pantry currently assists 470 seniors per month via its 33 sites.  For more information on the Mobile Food Pantry program, you may go to the Food Bank’s website or contact Austin Phillips at 423.477.4053, x. 225 or

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Food Bank Programs


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“Drive to End Hunger” Brings Awareness to Senior Hunger in Region and Country

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:

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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