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Food Bank provides nearly 2,000 emergency food boxes each month

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The Chattanooga Area Food Bank helps feed 20,000 people around the Tennessee Valley every week.  One of its most popular programs is the emergency food box. Food Bank volunteers pack nearly 2,000 emergency food boxes every month. They use food collected at food drives, like Share Your Christmas, to fill each box with 50 pounds of staples, non-perishables that will last a family of four about a week.

Client's also choose from a variety of fresh food. "We pick from produce that's available, fruit, berries" says client Paul Stovall. The fresh produce a new addition to the Food Bank's emergency food box program.  It's part of the Food Bank's mission to make sure its clients get fresh fruits and vegetables which many clients don't have access to.

The Food Bank works with nearly 400 agencies to get food to those who need it most. Metropolitan Ministries in Chattanooga issues the most emergency food box vouchers, nearly $25,000 worth each year.
"There's no where else in town we could pay $10 and get people more than a meal" says Cindia Williams, Metropolitan Ministries Operations manager.

People who come to Metropolitan Ministries for help are issued a food voucher which they take to the Food Bank and exchange for the emergency food box. Client Melvin Rays says, "It's going to mean a lot. I thank God for bringing me down here this morning to get this. It will feed my family.

Jeffrey Smith is also getting a food voucher that will help him get through a tough time. "It helps you to get back motivated and on your feet until you're able to make ends meet again" adds Smith.

Every donation, no matter the size, helps a neighbor in need.  " The Food bank does a wonderful job providing nutritious stable food and they depend on our community to support them in doing that" says Williams.

As Stovall gets ready to take his groceries home, he's thankful for everyone who supports the Food Bank and encourages anyone who is able to give.  "If you feel free, please be certain to give to the Food Bank because you never know when you may need help."

You can help hunger by making a non-perishable food or monetary donation to our 29th Annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive this Friday. We will be live in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Dalton from 4:30am-6pm.  For more information on the Food Bank's programs or to make an online donation, click here.

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