City of Chattanooga teams up with Food Bank to help solve Scenic City hunger

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke took steps Thursday to make sure Scenic City residents know where they next meal will come from. He said, “The city will provide the necessary funds to add 250 more food vouchers to these two zip codes.”

Mayor Berke will create the vouchers for people living in the 37404 and 37406 zip codes. Christa Mannarino of the Chattanooga Area Food bank explained, “Which will enable families to utilize our energency food box program, that provides 40 pounds of non-perishable items and another probably 30-pounds of fresh produce, poultry, bakery items so that they can make ends meet and feed their families.”

Mayor Berke added, “I want to be clear about something. The vouchers that’s we’re providing today don’t solve the long-term issues that we face in our community. But they do meet the needs of 250 families here in Chattanooga.” Mannarino echoed, “Unfortunately we have a large need in the county and a lot of folks are in need of help. So, with this partnership with the city, we’ll be able to serve more families.”

Mayor Berke pledged to do more and even donated 5-dollars himself to the food bank. He said, “We’re going to start using the hashtag #give5feed20.”

Mannarino said, “There are a lot of things we’ve got to do to solve the problem of hunger. But this is a step forward and we’re excited about this new partnership with the city.”

Mayor Berke also touted the success of the Youth and Family Development Centers’ after school and dinner time program, which feeds 500 people every day.

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