More than 30 years ago, local civic and church leaders organized a committee of concerned citizens to address hunger issues in Hamilton County. Their idea was to collect surplus food from the food industry to share with the needy in our community. This was the beginning of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
In 2012, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank distributed approximately 10 million pounds of food through a 380-member strong network of partner agencies across a 20-county service area. This service area covers 11 counties in Southeast Tennessee and 9 counties in Northwest Georgia. According to national data, there are approximately 160,000 people within this service area who struggle with hunger. Together, with our network of partner agencies, we are working to feed and nourish these hungry neighbors in need.
Our mission is “to lead a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region”. This shared work is supported through yet another network of supporters, including: retail food donors, food manufacturers who donate excess product, corporate donors, charitable foundations, local community and civic groups, and countless individuals who fight hunger with their monetary donations and volunteerism.
There is a role for everyone in the fight against hunger. Let us help you find yours.