Due to inflation, Andrea Brown, a single mother, has found that working 70 hours per week at two minimum-wage jobs would no longer cut it. If she didn’t find a solution fast, she would have an impossible choice: provide food for her three children or pay the rent for their one-bedroom apartment. Thanks to the Red Bank Community Food Pantry, Andrea didn’t have to make that choice. Today, she comes to the food pantry twice a month, receives bags overflowing with free groceries, and pays her rent on time. Andrea’s story and the stories of hundreds like her would have been much different if it weren’t for the food pantry run by volunteers from more than 20 local churches and businesses.
Andrea and her family aren’t the only ones; more than 161,000 people in Hamilton County don’t have access to healthy food essential to human life. The Red Bank Community Food Pantry is now the largest in our region, acquiring and giving out more nutritious food than anyone else. We will keep doing this until we are no longer needed.
Today, due to the high cost of food and fuel, it is more challenging than ever for the working poor and people living on fixed incomes to put food on the table. More and more people must choose between buying food or paying for other necessities such as rent or utilities. Now, more than ever, the Red Bank Community Food Pantry needs YOUR HELP to continue providing food for our hungry neighbors.
Tuesday, November 29th is Giving Tuesday. Many of you may be looking to give to a meaningful charity on that day. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day encouraging people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Please make the DECISION to GIVE to the Red Bank Community Food Pantry this Giving Tuesday and help transform people’s lives like Andrea and her family. You can mail a check to 3800 Dayton Boulevard, Chattanooga, Tennessee, or give it online at redbankfoodpantry.org.
Thank You for Your Generosity–Ken Sauer, Director
P.S.: With YOUR financial gifts, we can work to make sure people like Andrea never have to choose between paying for food and rent.