Many children who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school aren't sure what, or if, they'll eat when the weekend comes. That's why nearly 2,000 children in 20 counties across our region receive sack packs from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank every Friday.
LaShondra Thomas' boys are two of those children. They look to Fridays every week. It's not just a break from school, but the day they bring home sack packs. Each bag is packed with individual snacks so kids won't go hungry when school is not in session.
LaShondra says her boys can't wait to dig in each Friday. "Oh, he opens it. He's like, 'Mommy, I want the macaroni and cheese.' he'll eat the applesauce and drink the apple juice right away."
The sack pack program is also a relief for LaShondra, knowing the food bank is helping feed her family. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't know how to come up with it when you're low income and you have mouths to feed," explains LaShondra.
Donations during our annual Share Your Christmas food drive help provide thousands of sack packs each month to children in 20 counties around the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia. During this season of giving, Lashondra wants her community to know any thing you can give does make a difference. "It's like a present every week, a gift to my family and I love it."
Each sack pack costs about $3.00. You can help the Chattanooga Area Food Bank provide those sack packs every Friday by bringing a donation to our 30th annual Share Your Christmas food drive.
We will be at First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga, LifeCare Center's Campbell Campus on Keith Street in Cleveland and at First Baptist Church in Dalton. We'll start at 4:30am-6pm. If you can't make it by one of our three locations Friday, you can still make a donation by texting SYC30" to 41444.