Help Center Hunger Campaign to run through April for local families in need

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 26, 2020 at 9:36 PM

The Community Help Center of Northeast Tennessee is gearing up for its annual Hunger Campaign challenge.

A two-month drive to replenish and sustain the center’s pantry and food assistance program for rural Washington County families through June’s start of its summer-feeding program for children, the campaign will kick off on Sunday, March 1, and continues through the end of April.

Last year, the campaign generated donations of more than 4,700 nonperishable food items and more than $4,100 in monetary contributions, and the center’s goal is to meet or exceed those numbers.

Adding to the importance of this year’s campaign is a significant cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (food stamp) Program set to kick in April that has food assistance agencies across the nation bracing for a crisis expected to impact nearly 700,000 Americans.

To assist with the local hunger campaign, the Help Center is requesting everyone spread the word and encourage their family, friends, co-workers, schools and churches to make the next two months count for their “neighbors in need, place a food bin in your church or office or make a monetary contribution.

Monetary donations to the Community Help Center of Northeast Tennessee earmarked for the Hunger Campaign may be made by mail to the help center at 1591 Tenn. Highway 81 N., Jonesborough, TN 37659.

Donations of nonperishable food items may be dropped off at the center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Most-needed items include spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned soups, chilis and stews, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables and fruits, and instant potatoes.

The center is located at the corner of Tenn. Highway 81 North and Gray Station/Sulphur Springs Road (Tenn. Highway 75). More information about the Hunger Campaign and the center’s year-round work to help local families in need can be found on the Community Help Center NETN page on Facebook or obtained by calling the center at 423-788-0050.

Saturday, Feb. 29, is leap day, a day that comes only once every four years and this year brings with it an opportunity to leap out of bed for a hearty Southern breakfast that will boost your stamina and your community.

One Acre Cafe, the nonprofit community restaurant where everyone eats regardless of their ability to pay and works if the need to, had made its Big Southern Breakfasts a monthly affair. And this Saturday from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. is your next big opportunity to get in on the treat.

The menu includes biscuits and gravy, bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs, hashbrown casserole, pancakes with syrup or fixin’s, fruit salad and an assortment of pastries. The price is a suggested donation of $7 or a gift of any amount that you may feel led to give in support of the cafe and its hunger-fighting programs.

For more information about the cafe and Saturday’s breakfast, visit oneacrecafe.org and stop by for lunch any weekday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 603 W. Walnut St.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, slegg@johnsoncitypress.com or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.


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