Food Bank Receives Grant From ConAgra To Help Feed Meigs And Marion County Children

Monday, June 16, 2014

While 21.5 million kids rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, when school is out, only 2.3 million children nationally participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), according to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. For the millions of kids who fall within that gap, summer does not mean a few months of fun and relaxation. It means they may be at risk of hunger. 

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America network, is expanding its summer feeding program through a $20,000 grant awarded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation – to address the summer-specific needs of children in Meigs and Marion Counties.  

“Even if hunger is temporary, its impact can last a lifetime,” said Maeghan Jones, President, Chattanooga Area Food Bank. “Children who miss breakfast and lunch are more susceptible to health and wellness issues. With this funding, we’re now able to provide summer feeding opportunities to more children and more food, giving these kids the nourishment that they need to thrive.”  

“Through the summer feeding program, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank is overcoming barriers that prevent kids from getting the nutrition they need in the summertime,” said Kori Reed, vice president of Foundation and Cause at ConAgra Foods. “In addition to building upon the important work they’ve done in Meigs and Marion Counties for years, together, we’re learning what works and how we can make continual improvements to feed more children during the crucial summer months.” 


First Tennessee Promotes Bo Allen To President, Bruce Hopkins To Chairman For West Tennessee

Louis F. “Bo” Allen Jr., executive vice president and manager of commercial banking for First Tennessee’s West Tennessee region, will be promoted to West Tennessee president on June 30. Bruce Hopkins, who has been First Tennessee’s West Tennessee president since 2011, will become chairman of the region.  “Bruce has been an energetic, committed, highly engaged leader of ... (click for more)

Shop Rite Places 1st In Walker County Chamber Of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament

Seventeen teams enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at the LaFayette Golf Course for the Walker County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Golf Tournament.  First place honors were awarded to Shop Rite while second place went to Georgia Power and third place to Flegal Insurance. Men’s Longest Drive went to Elijah Parker of First Volunteer Bank, Women’s Longest Drive went to Tracey ... (click for more)

Sources Say Domestic Incident Involving Mayor's Aide Came After Husband Confronted Her And Mayor Behind Restaurant; Mayor Says Charge "Absolutely False"

A domestic disorder involving a top female aide to Mayor Andy Berke was sparked after her husband recently confronted the aide and the mayor in a parked car behind a Mexican restaurant, several sources said.   A spokesperson for Mayor Andy Berke said, "Last weekend a member of my senior staff was the victim of a domestic assault involving her husband. Upon being arrested ... (click for more)

Roommate Of Chance LeCroy Describes Sept. 9, 2010 Murder

The roommate of Chance LeCroy told a Criminal Court jury on Tuesday of the terrifying day that robbers burst into their residence and killed the 21-year-old LeCroy. Patrick Carmody, one of three men charged in the slaying, is standing trial in the courtroom of Judge Barry Steelman. Also charged were Ronald Lee Pittman and Billy Bob Parton. Carmody pleaded not guilty to ... (click for more)

Colonel Enicks Is Turning Out Leaders At Red Bank High School

I am a former teacher and football coach at Red Bank High School. I have been a witness to the great things that happen at Red Bank High School.  The teaching staff has a great mixture of experience and promising new teachers.   Dr. Robertson, the principal, is a great man and a wonderful role model for students. He shows up the same way every day and his consistency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Christian Schools Bully, Too

Earlier this week, after I shared a story about bullying written by a very brave mother, it opened a floodgate of emails from parents and students who have been forced to endure such madness in our elementary, junior and senior high schools. Discipline is the No. 1 problem in our schools. Because of it, or because of a lack of it, no wonder our children cannot achieve all that ... (click for more)