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Chattanooga Area Food Bank a winner in "Spark Change" campaign

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The good news couldn't have come at a better time with the summer months leaving them with less than desirable donations and empty shelves.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank now has 60-thousand dollars to add to their budget to help buy, you guessed it, more food.

"We will spend that on purchasing food that when our agencies come we will have better food." says Jessica Sullivan with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. 

Some of that will be your typical beans in a can and fruit snacks but they're looking to add a few more items to the menu.

"In the last year we were able to double the amount of produce we give out and so we're really trying hard to push for that."

Something most food banks don't give out.  

"They're able to choose these healthy options they don't have the choice of a lot of time they're more expensive and less accessible to them."

"we really have to make sure that they're getting a nutritious. They're not just getting their bellies filled, they're being nourished."

And without this money they wouldn't be able to give as much nourishment to as many people.

"It is gonna change things for us.  60 thousand dollars can do so much and we really thank the community for that."

But don't let those dollar signs fool you that money won't last long with 20-thousand people a month needing assistance your donations are still needed

"We really have to push that so we can get more food in here because the need is greater at the holidays."     

15-thousand dollars of the prize is going towards agencies in the region under the food bank.

The food bank is asking for donations of food and money as the holiday season approaches.
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The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is a winner of Walmart's Fight Hunger, "Spark Change" campaign, winning a $60,000 grant from Walmart thanks to the support of the Chattanooga community.

Between September 15 and October 5, residents generated 4,554 votes for the food bank and put them in the top 50 of the online competition.  The campaign comes at a critical time, as food insecurity remain at a historic high this fall, with 1 in 7 Americans in need of food assistance today – including 12 million children.


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