Publix Super Market Charities presented a $75,000 check to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank to help fight childhood hunger at five local schools in Hamilton County during the 2019-2020 school year – East Lake Elementary, Clifton Hills Elementary, East Side Elementary, Howard High, and Orchard Knob Middle.
The gift was part of a $5 million donation to more than 240 nonprofit organizations, including Feeding America member food banks, including the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, focused on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area.
“For more than 50 years, we have been nourishing the communities in which Publix operates,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “Through these efforts, we’ve supported the plight of the hungry and homeless, recognizing the importance of proper nutrition and the access to food. Children, seniors and families should never have to wonder where they will find their next meal. Our Foundation is dedicated to providing more meals and giving more hope to our communities.”
Thanks to the donation, the Food Bank will be able to provide 233,635 nutritious meals to local families with children. Nine monthly distributions will occur at each of the schools, totaling 280,350 pounds of food, and each will include items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, grains, and Grade A milk.
“In our 20-county service area, including Hamilton County, one in five children struggles with hunger,” says Gina Crumbliss, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. “The generosity of Publix Charities is changing the lives of local families with children and is helping to provide wholesome meals and hope to those who need it most.”
Established in 2014, the School Mobile Pantry Program serves as a critical component of the Food Bank’s efforts to alleviate childhood hunger and helps to increase a family with children’s access to healthy and nutritious food. Unreliable or limited access to transportation, public or otherwise, prevents many of the one in five children and one in eight individuals struggling with hunger in the Food Bank’s 20-county service region, in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, from obtaining the healthy food required to live a productive lifestyle. Its School Mobile Pantry Program breaks down these barriers by distributing food to those who need it most directly in the communities where they live.