Chattanooga firefighters are preparing for their 8th annual Firefighters Against Hunger food drive to collect food and monetary donations for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank
The food drive will begin with a kick-off event on Aug. 18 at Northtowne Square off Highway 153. Community members are encouraged to stop by the kick-off where firefighters will be on site all day to accept food and monetary donations for the emergency food box program at the CAFB. The food drive will continue from Aug.
18-24 and the Chattanooga Fire Department will accept donations at each of its fire stations.
Firefighters Against Hunger started 8 years ago, when the Chattanooga Area Food Bank issued a public appeal for food donations for its emergency food box program. The Chattanooga Fire Department answered the call by organizing a food drive that they’ve continued each year since.
“It is pretty incredible that our firefighters, who spend each day attending to fires, car wrecks, and other dangerous situations, are able to see other areas of need in the community and take the initiative to make a difference,” said Jessica Sullivan, CAFB events and communications manager. “We are thankful for their continual support as they help us replenish the emergency food box pantry each year and we encourage the community to get involved and support their local fire station.”
The CAFB encourages members of the community to support your local fire station in their effort to feed the hungry by donating individually or organizing a group food drive (for example at your church, synagogue, mosque, school, business, etc.). Once you’ve collected the food, drop it by the kick-off event or your nearest fire station.
"It’s a quick, easy way to make a real difference for people in need," officials said.
Specific items that the CAFB always needs are canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned meats, cereal, oatmeal, grits, dry beans, peanut butter, and rice.
Food collected will go to the emergency food box program which, in partnership with local churches and nonprofit agencies, distributes staple food items to those in need and depends on support from food drives, corporate food donations, and cash donations to meet the rising need each year. "In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, over 1.5 million pounds of food (equaling over 1.25 million meals) were distributed through this program," officials stated.