The Read House Donates Furniture And Food To Those In Need

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Donations for the Chattanooga Food Bank
Donations for the Chattanooga Food Bank

The Read House hotel in downtown Chattanooga has partnered with local charitable organizations, Chattanooga Area Food Bank and Chattanooga Furniture Bank, to supply food, furniture and kitchen supplies to residents in need. 

The Read House closed a portion of its rooms and public spaces to begin a $25 million renovation project that is slated to finish in fall of 2018. The current ownership group, Avocet Hospitality, purchased the hotel in August 2016 and said choosing to donate the furniture rather than sell it was an easy decision. 

“When we knew we were starting the renovation, we reached out to city leaders and asked which organizations would benefit most from receiving furniture, kitchen supplies and food we could no longer use,” said Jon Weitz, CEO and president of Avocet Hospitality Group. 

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke went on to say, “By The Read House coordinating with organizations like the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and Furniture Bank, they are providing needed donations to struggling Chattanooga families and helping improve lives in our community.“ 

The Chattanooga Furniture Bank provides furniture to families and individuals who are transitioning from homelessness to self-stability. 

“I am very grateful to have generous and caring folks in our community that allow us to continue our program’s main purpose," said Chattanooga Furniture Bank Associate Director, Danny Ayala. "Gently used furniture provides locals with many choices to furnish their new homes. We would like to thank The Read House and the mayor’s office for giving us the opportunity to continue our mission."  

The Read House was also able to donate 1,875 pounds of food to Chattanooga Area Food Back, which is equivalent to 1,562 meals. 

“We will make sure the food gets to the people in our communities that need it most," said Angela Nicholette, Food Sourcing and Inventory manager for Chattanooga Area Food Bank. "Overall, this is just another great example of how businesses, organizations and individuals in our area are working closely to end hunger within the 20 counties we serve. We are thankful for the gracious donation that The Read House has provided to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.” 

Both The Read House and Avocet Hospitality Group are committed to working closely with charitable organizations to help strengthen the local community and make Chattanooga a great place to live, work and visit for many years to come, said officials. 
 

Donations for the Chattanooga Furniture Bank
Donations for the Chattanooga Furniture Bank


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