News release from Senate Republican Caucus:
NASHVILLE – Members of the Tennessee General Assembly, the Governor’s cabinet, and the Supreme Court will join the state’s constitutional officers and the Attorney General in a major effort to restock Tennessee’s food banks. The “Campaign Against Hunger” event, which is sponsored by state lawmakers in conjunction with Outeach, Inc, will take place on Friday, January 16 at 10:00 am in the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.
“As we prepare to tackle public safety, education and workforce development issues, it is important to remember that hunger is a factor,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) who, as Chairman of the Council of State Governments last year, led national efforts to combat nutrition and food insecurity. “Food insecurity has been shown to be closely related to health problems, including an increased risk in the development of chronic diseases.
It can cause impairment of psychological and cognitive functioning among children and studies show that those who are seeking employment can be negatively affected in their search for work if they, or their family, are hungry. We hope that this project is only the beginning of widespread support by the public for addressing hunger in our state, which not only positively impacts the lives of individuals, but of our state as a whole.”
The group will package approximately 50,000 meals for food banks serving all 95 Tennessee counties. Norris said the event is timely as stock in the pantries is usually low after the holiday season.
“Second Harvest of East Tennessee is so grateful to the Tennessee General Assembly for organizing this event,” said Elaine Streno, Executive Director.
“We struggle with the number of individuals who need food in East Tennessee because not many people really realize the depth of the poverty. We are thrilled that we are getting this opportunity to let the state know there are hungry throughout our state and right here at home.”