With a mission of “leading partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition”, the Chattanooga Area Food bank utilizes their resources wisely. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank can purchase food for FOUR meals with every $1 that donated to the organization, thanks to corporate partnerships and bulk food buying. Where and to whom does this food go?
Sack Packs for children who receive free and reduced lunch.
Every week, nearly 2,000 children receive healthy food items to supplement their weekly school breakfast and lunches. These school children receive healthy food such as granola bars, milk, fruit, soup, etc. and the cost is only $3. Imagine a weekend with an empty belly when you are a growing child. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank alleviates this hunger in our community.
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank helps non-profits take care of those in most need. More than 80% of the food they source is distributed through partner agencies, who come in first person contact with those in the community who most need assistance. The food bank also serves as a facilitator of food safety training, nutritional education and sharing of best practices through newsletters, meetings and regional networking in 20 counties in both Tennessee and Georgia.
As a member of Feeding America, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank can purchase high quality, nutritious food to insure that those who receive it are getting the best chance for good health. With over 12 million pounds of food sourced to the community and local non-profits annually, it is important that this food be the best and freshest possible. The food sourcing that occurs includes USDA government commodities (free products that meet government requirements), free products (time sensitive, mass bulk and seasonal products), discounted products (canned or cased items offered to non-profits at a discount,but requiring logistical costs), fresh foods (often locally grown and sold at a reduced rate) and purchased products.
Low income seniors are often the most overlooked and experienced the most grueling choices of paying for medicine or paying for food. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank provided the Senior Grocery Program with assists seniors through AARP Foundation, Meigs County Senior Center and the Partnerships for Children, Families and Adults to assist over 150 seniors each month.
These are just an example of what the Chattanooga Area Food Bank does for those in our community who need assistance. As the season of giving begins today on #givingtuesday, our Chattanooga Property Shop team has set a goal of raising $2,000 to help create 8,000 meals for this wonderful organization. We invite all of our Chattanooga friends, family and community to join us!
Donate by clicking this link. Any amount is welcome. Together we can feed our community and invest in our future.