The Frank P. Pierce Foundation has donated $1,000,000 to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank to support its work fighting hunger in northwest Georgia. This gift will provide hunger relief in Catoosa, Chattoga, Dade, Fannin, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Walker and Whitfield counties.
Frank P. Trustee Foundation, R. Wayne Peters. “In recognition of Mr. Pierce’s lifelong concern, the foundation he created has chosen to give this gift to the Chattanooga Food Bank in support of its goal of providing food to those who cannot support themselves. I know Mr. Pierce would be delighted with this gift and the work of the Chattanooga District Food Bank in the North Georgia community. “.
One in six adults and children in the Northwest Georgia Food Bank’s service area faces hunger, as published in Study by Feeding America. The skyrocketing food prices are making it difficult for these families to get enough food in our area. Low-income families spend nearly a third of their budget on food, and that budget isn’t nearly as low as it was last year. Families in northwest Georgia cost about 12% more to buy groceries.
All 20 counties served by the food bank have increased food insecurity, or limited or uncertain access to adequate food, which can lead to hunger, according to the USDA. In Georgia’s nine counties, the food bank increased rates of food insecurity:
- Catoosa (14% increase)
- Chattoga (17% increase)
- DADE (15% increase)
- technicians (15% increase)
- Gilmer (16% increase)
- Gordon (16% increase)
- Murray (15% increase)
- Walker (16% increase)
- Whitfield (14% increase)
Those who need food assistance can visit ChattFoodBank.org/hungry Select their county to find community food stores close to where they live. To donate or volunteer, please visit ChattFoodBank.org.
About the Chattanooga Area Food Bank
Founded in 1972, the mission of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank is to lead a network of partners in ending hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region. In the 20-county service area in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia, as many as 1 in 6 people could experience starvation.
The Food Bank annually distributes more than 18 million pounds of food through its network of community partners to serve children, families, seniors, veterans and others facing hunger. The Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America, the largest non-profit organization alleviating hunger in the United States
For more information about the Food Bank or how to get involved, visit chattfoodbank.org