The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated 40,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank on Thursday.
The delivery is one of two tractor-trailers scheduled to arrive in Chattanooga from Salt Lake City. The second delivery is set for April 19 and will contain perishable items such as produce, dairy, and meats. In total, the two deliveries from the Church will provide over 66,600 meals to 161,770 children, adults, and seniors in need across the food bank’s 20-county service area.
Cindy Adamz from the Hixson congregation helped organize the delivery. Ms. Adamz serves
as president of the Relief Society, the Church's world-wide women's organization, for the Chattanooga Tennessee Stake—the geographic subdivision of the Church consisting of 12 congregations in Chattanooga and North Georgia.
“We are here to love and support our community,” said Chattanooga TN Stake President Jason Isaacson. “Our mission is to share Christ's love, and He taught us to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and minister to the sick and afflicted. Christ also taught us to be unified, and working with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank in feeding those who are hungry helps us all accomplish this goal in ways neither organization could do alone.”
“We are very grateful for the support from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said food bank Community Engagement Manager Kathy Martin. “In addition to this tremendous donation of food, many Church members donate the gift of their time, volunteering at both our Warehouse and Foxwood Food Center. We simply could not
meet the needs of the people we serve without these dedicated volunteers. Working together in service to our community, we are able to provide hunger relief across our entire service area.”
Foxwood Food Center is a grocery-store style facility where guests receive emergency food assistance and have the ability to choose additional supplies from fully-stocked shelves, fridges, and freezers. Ten percent of all food sourced by the food bank supplies the facility. Foxwood serves over 3,000 guests per month, and guests can visit every 30 days.
If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please sign up here or contact the
food bank’s Volunteer Coordinator Kevin Lipski, at firstname.lastname@example.org.