During 2014 we assisted financially 289 unduplicated families representing 885 individuals totaling $39,705.75. The actual amount of assistance requested was $82,861.77. The overwhelming majority of assistance was in partial payment of utility bills, allowing the clients to assume some cost-sharing, and allowing us to assist more families.
The Food Pantry provided 443 unduplicated families with 1231 food boxes representing 1278 individuals during 2014, averaging 103 food boxes distributed each month. The estimated value of the food given is $141,556.00. Volunteers continue to refer clients for food stamps and commodities, and to other resources as needed.
The Perishable Food Distribution provided 387 unduplicated families with 848 boxes representing 952 individuals, averaging 77 with rescued perishable food (85,832 lb.) donated by Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. The estimated value of the food is $42,400.00. We are doing our best to serve 100 families a month every 4th Wednesday at the National Guard Armory.
We purchased $3,902.53 (7,483 lb.) in food for the food pantry. 37,717 pounds were donated to the food pantry, through drives and individual donations! That represents 130,752 lb. of food distributed in Houston County this year alone.
Approximately 50 volunteers, committed and dedicated women and men, provided over 3078 hours of service, representing an estimated value of labor of $58,485.17. Volunteer and Board meetings are held quarterly.
Our goal for 2015 includes increasing funding to meet the needs of the indigent, expanding our financial counseling program to include more clients, increasing community awareness and to improve the Mission facility.
We finished our capital building campaign, doing aprox. 35,000.00 of work for $8,000.00 because of donations of both labor and materials, doubling the size of our capacity.
And, we are already partnering with two more agencies to assist under privileged children.
We distribute a tractor trailer load of perishables the 4th Wednesday of each month to approximately 100 families that comes from Second Harvest. We serve a different 100 families each month; they rotate every 4 months to accommodate 400 families a year. It takes about 40 volunteers each month to pull this off.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
We had a much better year this year over all, both in monies for food and financial assistance. The needs were greater, but we were able to meet most of them. This coming year we are adding more room for food storage, so we are working to raise capital money as well.
For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger or food insecurity, even though we might not be aware of it.
The face of hunger in Tennessee looks like your neighbor, your child’s best friend, the woman who gives you your coffee in the morning, and the man selling newspapers by your office every day. It could be the coworker you sat next to who was laid off last month or the new mother at the doctor’s office you saw last week. Hunger impacts one in six Tennesseans, and with those numbers, it is likely you’ve seen someone today who will be going hungry tonight.
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