CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WVLT) — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation is donating $3.25 million to multiple food banks across the state.
The gift will help Tennessee food banks meet the needs of the communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Food banks can often purchase supplies at a lower cost than individuals can, which allows them to provide as many as four meals for each dollar they receive in cash donations.
“Every day, families count on local food banks for help — and that’s especially true now,” said JD Hickey, M.D., chairman of the BlueCross Foundation. “Tennesseans can get through these challenging times by coming together, and we’re expanding our support for food banks statewide as another way to bring peace of mind to our neighbors.”
The BlueCross Foundation will distribute food relief funds to the following organizations:
· $750,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank (Nashville)
· $750,000 to Mid-South Food Bank (Memphis)
· $500,000 to Chattanooga Area Food Bank
· $500,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee (Knoxville)
· $500,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee (Tri-Cities)
· $250,000 to Regional Inter-Faith Association (Jackson)
The state of Tennessee declared a state of emergency to facilitate the treatment and containment of the coronavirus on March 12. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the demand for food assistance is expected to increase with school closures and time away from work.
Community members who want to help can find and donate to their local food bank by visiting www.FeedingAmerica.org.
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