The Chattanooga Area Food Bank recently received $70,000 from Publix Charities and 284,949 pounds of produce from the grocery chain. The local donations are part of national Hunger Action Month, a time meant to raise awareness and inspire action to reduce hunger. According to Feeding America, 10.9% of Americans are food insecure; that rate is higher in Tennessee: 13.3% of Tennesseans face hunger. In 2020, food banks saw an unprecedented increase (50%) in demand and provided food assistance to 60 million Americans.
During Hunger Action Month, Publix is highlighting the ways it helps alleviate hunger year-round.
"So many of our neighbors continue to struggle with having enough food to eat, but together, we can help change that," said Kelly Williams-Puccio, executive director of Publix Super Markets Charities. "We are proud to continue our commitment of providing hope through nourishment for our neighbors in need."