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Home school students make donation to food bank
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More than 50 million Americans live in food-insecure households. The problem is more than a moral issue that impacts other communities.
“We do have food-insecure households here,” said Warren County Emergency Food Bank secretary/ treasurer Karen Hubert. “It is hard for me to say how many, but there are people who will need food assistance.”
Last year, the Food Bank served 28,000 emergency meals. About 1,000 families ate for four days, says Hubert.
The facility’s biggest contributor is a FEMA grant for $14,000. It is used to pay rent, electricity, the salary of the one employee at the food bank, and purchase food.
“This year’s grant was delayed somewhat,” said Hubert. “When it did come through, it was cut to $6,000. We were shocked it was so drastically cut. We expected something, just not that much.”
As heads of the food bank, Hubert and her husband, Chris, are turning over every rock in an effort to make up the $8,000 difference.
“We are doing all that we can at this point,” Hubert said. “We are holding out hope something will come up. There are not a lot of options.”
Along with monetary donations, the facility accepts nonperishable food. One such donation was made recently by Warren County Christian Homeschoolers.
“This was the first year we’ve donated,” said Emily Stefanick. “We plan on doing this every year. They really enjoyed it and had lots of questions.”
Students collected food over a two-week period and selected items off a list of acceptable items — instant potatoes, oats, peanut butter, flour, pancake mix, pinto beans, great northern beans, tuna in water, fruit cocktail, chicken noodle soup, green beans, crackers, and macaroni and cheese.
“We appreciate the donation,” said Hubert. “I think it is wonderful when people get children involved in activities like this. Children need to know a support system exists in the community for people who need help.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million Americans lived in a food-insecure household in 2009. Of those, 33 million were adults and 17 million were children.
By the statistics, children may be the hardest hit by hunger. Households with children reported food insecurity at almost double the rate for those without children, 21 percent compared to 11 percent.
Also, 57 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major federal food assistance programs — Food Stamps, National School Lunch, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).
Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children. Mild under-nutrition experienced by young children during critical periods of growth impacts the behavior of children, their school performance, and their overall cognitive development.
Monetary donations can be sent to 314 Bradford Road, McMinnville, Tenn., 37110. To make a food donation, hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The facility is located in Red Road Business Park on Red Road.
Those in need of assistance can call Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency at 473-6652.