During 2013 we assisted financially 265 unduplicated families representing 814 individuals totaling $33,065.17. The actual amount of assistance requested was $64,956.44. 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 403 unduplicated families with 982 food boxes representing 1231 individuals during 2013, averaging 82 food boxes distributed each month. The estimated value of the food given is $111,443.00. Volunteers continue to refer clients for food stamps and commodities, and to other resources as needed.
The Perishable Food Distribution provided 302 unduplicated families with 822 boxes representing 672 individuals, averaging 74 with rescued perishable food (157,319 lb.) donated by Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. The estimated value of the food is $41,100.00. We are doing our best to serve 90 families a month every 4th Wednesday at the National Guard Armory. We were not able to do one December because it fell on Christmas Day.
We purchased $5,235.00 (5950 lb.) in food for the food pantry. 22,949 pounds were donated to the food pantry, through drives and individual donations! That represents 186,218 lb. of food distributed in Houston County this year alone.
Approximately 50 volunteers, committed and dedicated women and men, provided over 3041 hours of service, representing an estimated value of labor of $57,777.42. Volunteer and Board meetings are held quarterly.
Our goal for 2014 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 are in the process now of connecting another building to our present one to make more room for food storage, all the while raising funds to do so.
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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