Mike Perry, general manager for radio station WCQR, speaks to the media about ‘Project Thanksgiving’ on Wednesday. The food drive aims to provide a Thanksgiving meal to 5,000 needy families in the area. Photo by Nick Shepherd.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and for many it is a time of food, family and football.
But others in the area will go hungry over the holiday. According to Second Harvest Food Bank, there are 101,253 people in Northeast Tennessee living in poverty and as many as one out of four children are food insecure.
In order to provide food for needy families, Second Harvest has partnered with WCQR radio over the last five years for a food drive called ‘Project Thanksgiving.’
“This is really an initiative that meets the food bank’s mission of securing and distributing food in the eight county region,” said Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director of Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee. “Project Thanksgiving will provide food assistance to many in our region.”
The two organizations are asking people and businesses to sponsor boxes of food for needy families. A donation of $25 will provide an entire Thanksgiving meal to one family. Donations can be made online at www.netfoodbank.org or by calling the radio station at (423) 477-5676. The deadline to donate is November 14.
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