Net Resource Foundation Launches Giving Tuesday Campaign To Expand Food Pantry

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
NRF volunteers
NRF volunteers

The Net Resource Foundation has launched a Giving Tuesday campaign to raise money to expand its Right Hand Feeding Program. The nonprofit established the food pantry to help meet the nutritional needs of individuals and families in the community.

Officials said the pandemic increased the number of residents needing food on a regular basis, with more than 2,500 people served since March of 2020. The nonprofit hopes to renovate its food pantry to make room for more food and people, as well as expand operations from one day a week to three days.  

The feeding program started in 2015 in partnership with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. The program serves the South Chattanooga and surrounding community through November at the Westside Church, 4001 Hughes Ave.

Free for anyone in need, the store opens every Wednesday at 1 p.m., but Executive Director Raquetta Dotley says it’s important to expand operations to three days a week. “The extra hours are needed to make it flexible for those who need food. We’ve had more people since the beginning of the pandemic, serving at least 70 people per week,” said Ms. Dotley. 

The food pantry is a client choice model that allows people to choose what products they receive. Since April, Ms. Dotley has distributed more than 17,000 pounds of food. The store contains frozen meats, canned goods, drinks and other nonperishable food items.

Longtime resident, Larry Floyd, says the program is more than just a way to feed hungry families. “This program brings people together. It’s about God, love and fellowship. The staff wants everyone to know that there’s always someone who cares,” said Mr. Floyd.

Right Hand Feeding Program
Right Hand Feeding Program

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