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Chattanooga Area Food Bank gets $40,000 AARP grant

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The Chattanooga Area Food Bank has received a grant of $40,000 from the AARP to establish a Senior Grocery Program, aimed at helping to feed at-risk seniors in the Tennessee Valley.

The funding will provide staple food items, and fresh produce, for 150 seniors each month for an entire year.

With officials in attendance and some fanfare, the grant was announced Friday in Chattanooga.

"It's a sad fact that more than 9 million older Americans are struggling with hunger and far too many of them live in our state," says AARP Tennessee volunteer leader, Jane Petitt. "Tennessee actually ranks fifth in the nation for senior hunger. That's why we are so grateful that organizations like the Chattanooga Area Food Bank are working every day to alleviate hunger for our most vulnerable citizens. We're pleased that this grant from the AARP Foundation will help them provide nutritious meals for older Tennesseans through the Senior Grocery Program."

"The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is so pleased to be one of the few across the country chosen for this grant award," says Maeghan Jones, President of the food bank. "We are equally pleased to be working with such great community partners as AARP, Partnership, and the Meigs County Senior Center. All of these partners possess such expertise about the needs of the aging, a population whose needs cannot and should not be ignored."

The food provided through the Senior Grocery Program complements the shelf stable food that eligible older Americans receive through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a federal program that includes people older than 60.

The Senior Grocery Program also helps address the growing food needs of older Americans not served through the U.S. government feeding program.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank welcomes charitable contributions to extend the program into the future. Those wishing to make a contribution or host a food drive can contact the food bank development office at (423) 622-1800 ext. 218.

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