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Food bank distributes 42,000 pounds of food to the hungry

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

"Thank you, this is amazing, Chattanooga", coming from another thankful resident of the Tennessee Valley, who won't be going hungry Wednesday night, thanks in part to the Chattanooga Food Bank, which for the first time, is assuming the commodity distribution duties for the USDA's Emergency Food Assistance Program from the city of Chattanooga.

" The nice thing about what we can do as a food bank that the city wasn't able to offer is we can offer fresh produce, because we have the refrigeration necessary for that", says Chattanooga Area Food Bank's interim President Christa Mannarino, who expected near the 1,400 families eligible for 60 pounds of food each at this distribution site.

But roughly only half of those eligible for nutrional assistance came out to receive it.

The CAFB estimates a little more than 57,000 Hamilton County residents are food insecure.

" The joy of them receiving it and the pleasure of us giving it," says Thomas Smith, one of 250 volunteers who stepped up to pitch in a helping hand, with corporate support coming from local businesses such as Volkswagen, Blue Cross Blue Shield, UNUM, TVA and First Tennessee Bank.

Wednesday's event delivered roughly 42,000 pounds of food.

Less than half of what they had hoped to dispense.

For those eligible but unable to make the food give away, a make up day is set for Tuesday, December 15th from 3pm to 6pm at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank which is located on Curtain Pole Road.

If you'd like more information, call the CAFB at  (423) 622 -FOOD

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