Realtors Partner In Ending Child Hunger In Chattanooga With $20,000 Donation To "Snack Pack" Program

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Looking to end child hunger in the Chattanooga area, the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) is getting behind the local “Snack Pack” movement which puts food in the hands of more than 1,000 students per week in 12 different Hamilton County schools— a reach that is only expected to grow. Donating $20,000 to the Snack Pack program this year alone, GCAR will be lending long-term support to the cause with an annual $10,000 donation beginning in 2017.

“In the Chattanooga community, there are thousands of students who leave school on Friday without the certainty of knowing where their next meal is coming from,” said Janice Robertson, a GCAR member who founded the Snack Pack program in August 2014. “We needed a discreet way to make sure these children will not go hungry on days when there are no school lunches to rely on.”

Designed to meet the needs of children who may go without meals from Friday’s school lunch until Monday’s school breakfast, the Snack Pack initiative allows teachers to anonymously and discreetly place a “snack pack” in a selected child’s backpack every Friday. Each pack contains 10 staple food items that help children stay full through the weekend. The Snack Pack program also puts together larger packs of food for spring, fall, and Christmas breaks, providing each student a Christmas gift over the holiday season.

Partnering with the Chattanooga Food Bank to minimize food costs, the Snack Pack program is entirely volunteer-driven with every penny going toward the assembly and distribution of snack packs to Hamilton County schools. The community gathers at least once a month at East Brainerd Church of Christ to assemble snack packs, and new volunteers are always welcome. Just $80 feeds one child for an entire school year, and anyone can sponsor a child by writing a check noted with the Snack Pack initiative to East Brainerd Church of Christ.

“Over the past two years, we’ve grown significantly through the monetary and hands-on support of community members who share our vision of seeing children nourished and equipped to chase their dreams,” said Ms. Robertson. “Valuable partnerships like GCAR’s are what keep us going and these children fed.”

The Snack Pack program currently provides food for the following schools: Apison Elementary School, Barger Academy, Brown Middle School, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga School For The Liberal Arts, East Brainerd Elementary School, Eastside Elementary School, Harrison Elementary School, Hunter Middle School, Red Bank High School, Wolftever Creek Elementary School and Woodmore Elementary School.

“Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children, and that’s why GCAR stepped up to support this effort to improve the future of Greater Chattanooga,” said Nathan Walldorf, Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors president. “Janice and the Snack Pack program are making a real difference in the lives of Chattanooga’s children, and we’re honored to partner with her passion and play a role in ending hunger in our community.”

To learn more, donate or volunteer with the Snack Pack program, contact Janice Robertson at 423-595-1093 or JaniceRobertsonHomes@gmail.com. Also, for more information about the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors, visit www.GCAR.net or follow GCAR on Facebook and Twitter.

 


Keller Williams Commercial Appoints First Female Director

City Council Approves PUD For Development Of Single-Family Homes At Beason Drive

Geoff Ramsey: 4 Easy-Peasy Must-Do’s For Homeowners In December


After six years of serving as the commercial director of Keller Williams Realty, Robert Fisher has passed the torch to Lisa Brown. Ms. Brown, along with her business partner, Diane Patty, ... (click for more)

The City Council on Tuesday night approved a single-family home Planned Unit Development on Beason Drive after the number of units was trimmed from 64 to 51. Two acres of the 11.87-acre site ... (click for more)

In the midst of decorating, entertaining, and holiday parties, December is also a month to save. Yes, really. As the close of another year approaches, tackle these suggested four tasks from the ... (click for more)


Real Estate

Keller Williams Commercial Appoints First Female Director

After six years of serving as the commercial director of Keller Williams Realty, Robert Fisher has passed the torch to Lisa Brown. Ms. Brown, along with her business partner, Diane Patty, has served the Chattanooga area for nearly a decade. As commercial director, Ms. Brown will oversee all Keller Williams Commercial agents working in the Chattanooga area, act as the liaison ... (click for more)

City Council Approves PUD For Development Of Single-Family Homes At Beason Drive

The City Council on Tuesday night approved a single-family home Planned Unit Development on Beason Drive after the number of units was trimmed from 64 to 51. Two acres of the 11.87-acre site will be left as green space. Donna Shepherd, project engineer, said 17 percent of the site is steep slopes and much of that will not be touched. She said narrow Beason Drive will be ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Tractor Trailer Overturns On Downtown Freeway, Blocking Eastbound I-24

A traffic trailer overturned on a downtown freeway near rush hour on Wednesday morning, blocking eastbound I-24. It was at Exit 178 at the intersection with U.S. 27. The accident was reported at 6:54 a.m. It was not expected to be cleared until shortly before 10 a.m. TDOT said Eastbound lanes are affected with lanes closed. Westbound lanes are not affected. (click for more)

No One Home When Wheeler Avenue Home Burns

A house on Wheeler Avenue burned late Tuesday night, and it was later found that no one was at home at the time. At approximately 11:32 p.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department, Chattanooga Police and Hamilton County EMS Medic 14 were dispatched to 1803 Wheeler Ave. on a fully involved house fire. Engine 4, Engine 5, Quint 10, Squad 1 with Engine 15, Battalion 1 and Battalion ... (click for more)

Opinion

An Open Letter Concerning The Proposed Ooltewah Waste Treatment Facility - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority and County Commissioner Tim Boyd want to build a sewage treatment plant in my backyard. I bought my house in Ooltewah in 1994, raised my children here and worked hard to pay it off. My home has been my small piece of the American Dream. Now, the WWTA and Commissioner Boyd want to reward my hard work by taking away about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Real Christmas Miracle

There is a huge shopping mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin -- think of a suburb of Milwaukee -- and about two-to-three miles away from the Mayfair Mall is where the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is located. The fact the renowned medical center is in the vicinity of the mall is what we call “a salient point,” which are very important when a story is presented that many, many people ... (click for more)