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Updated: 1/20 9:52 am
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) The Chattanooga Area Food Bank hosted it largest fundraiser of the year at Track 29.

They are raising money to help the 160,000 people in the Chattanooga community who struggle with hunger.

Maeghan Jones, president of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, is leaning on the community to help with their fight.

Jones said, “This is where we see our community come together to take care of the people in out community who need a little help to make ends meet.”

There were a lot of volunteers who donated their time, effort and even food. There were some local vendors served up some food to the guest.

Charlie Loomis is the Executive Chef at 1885 Grill, enjoys this event and has been hooked from the beginning.

“The first year I did this, when I got to hear the entire speech up there that really moved me,” Loomis said. “So I’ve been pretty much committed to doing this every year since.”

Also, volunteer Katie Schumacher has her own reasons for helping. She knows what it’s like to battle hunger.

She told this story about when she grew up. “I did collected food stamps and my mother was a single mother with four kids.” She then added, “I remember it well, I remembered kind of hiding from the lunch line at school so my friends wouldn’t know that I had to get it free.”

Her motivation is to never let another child have to feel what she did.
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