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Chattanooga picked for family food distribution

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Times are tough for many families in our area. They can't afford every day necessities. But on Thursday, several hundred local families got the help they need.

The Feed The Children organization picked 16 cities across the country for a food distribution day. For the first time, Chattanooga made the list. The organization says they saw the need with one in four Hamilton County families living at or below the poverty level.

Cars lined up an hour early at The Crossing Church as several local organizations pulled together to fill car after car with 25 pound boxes of food and another one of hygiene products.

"I just thank God for this. This is a good thing they're doing," Shelia Wright said.

Wright has seven mouths at home to feed. "It's pretty hard," Wright said.

But Thursday, she got a weight lifted off her shoulders. "It helps out a lot. It's a blessing. It really is a blessing," Wright said.

800 people like her got vouchers from area non-profits to exchange for a trunk full of goods. "I got kids and just can't seem to get enough food it seems like," David Pope said. 

"A lot. Helps me a lot. Saves me a little of my food stamps and what I do get," Charlotte Horton said.

"There's so much gratitude and humility in the people that come through here and we're just honored to be able to do this," Feed America First Executive Director Tom Henry said.

Organizers hope this event raised awareness to the need in the Chattanooga area and will inspire more people to do something about it. 

"I'm happy there's somebody willing to help people," Horton said.

Several cars pulled up with lists of needy neighbors they plan to hand deliver these boxes to. "Show our neighborhoods-- hey there's still people out there that's good and trying to do God's word," Odena Phillips and Linda Coleman said.

All of the items given out were paid for by a Chattanooga company that wishes to remain anonymous.

And it wasn't just limited to Chattanooga residents. Channel 3 met people from several surrounding counties and many from Dalton, which has the highest unemployment rate in our area.
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