Wiedmer: Vols' Jeremy Pruitt helps make Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga event a 'virtual' hit

Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt was the virtual guest speaker this past week for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga's 38th annual Stake 'N Burger Dinner, which raises funds for the nonprofit organization.

It doesn't take long for Jim Morgan to recall the day he knew the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga were going to be relied on like never before by our town's neediest young people.

"March 17," the nonprofit organization's CEO said this past week. "Schools had closed the day before due to the coronavirus. By the next afternoon we had people coming by pleading, 'We need help, we need food.'"

Though the doors of its facilities were closed, the charity's hearts were wide open. From that day to this one, the organization has delivered more than 130,000 meals to the nearly 2,400 youth (ages 6-18) it serves.

"We delivered 100 meals that first week," Morgan said. "It's 1,300 meals a day now. We directly help families, and a lot of those families have never needed our help more than now."