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Facts about poverty and hunger in America *

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Even in the world’s greatest food-producing nation, children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county across America. In 2017:

  • 40 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including more than 12 million children.
  • A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
  • Households with children were more likely to be food insecure than those without children
  • 58% of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the major federal food assistance program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps); the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (often called WIC)

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Food Waste in America

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In America, we have enough food to feed every man, woman and child, yet 72 billion pounds of safe, edible food goes to waste each year. In fact, an estimated 25 – 40 percent of food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will never be consumed. And more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste1.

Feeding America and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, an agency of Feeding America have programs in place to rescue food from restaurants, grocery stores, food manufacturers, food service companies and farmers to gather food before it goes to waste. But did you realize how much food is wasted by families in the kitchen?

Beth Moncel, Budget Bytes website, writes: “Reducing food waste in the kitchen, like most things, is all about creating good habits. Food waste isn’t just about tossing your leftovers or buying more than you can eat, it’s the little bits of food here and there that go unnoticed that really add up. Here are 8 small habits that can make a big difference when it comes to reducing kitchen waste.” [Read more …]


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2018 Giving Record

If you need a record of 2018 giving to this ministry for tax purposes please let us know and one will be mailed to you. We can also email them to you if you lets us know at

We have automatically mailed them in the past. As a cost-cutting measure, we are no longer mailing them.

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Last Month’s Newsletter?

Last month the newsletter did not go out; Gary had the flu. I know you were keenly disappointed.

For this month’s newsletter we are including the results for December 2018 and January 2019.

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Valentine’s Day Soon

Valentine's Day
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Happy Thanksgiving 2018

As you celebrate Thanksgiving, our annual national celebration of Food and Football, and as you remember the things for which you are Thankful, please know how much we are thankful for this community of folks in Marion County who support this ministry through their generosity of time, talent and treasure, and we are thankful for our tireless Volunteers who make this ministry happen.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

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Good Neighbors Reopens

The Good Neighbors Program reopens tomorrow, October, 2, 2018. Thanks to all who have contributed to building up our resources so that we can reopen.

The Good Neighbors Program assists our neighbors in paying their utility bills, electricity, water, propane or natural gas. Please click HERE for more information about Good Neighbors.

Please consider supporting Good Neighbors by making a donation using PayPal:

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or by mailing your check to:

PO Box 681
Sequatchie, TN 37374

Please indicate “Good Neighbors” on your check.

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Poverty and Hunger in America*

For people facing hunger, poverty is just one issue

40 million Americans struggle with hunger, a number nearly equal to the 40.6 million officially living in poverty. Based on annual income, 72% of the households the Feeding America network served in 2014 lived at or below the federal poverty level with a median annual household income of $9,175.

Though they often go hand in hand, poverty is just one of several issues tied to hunger. Unemployment, household assets, and even demographics can also make it difficult to access the nutritious food people need to thrive.


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Help us win up to $25,000 – VOTING LINK REVISED – Much Easier

25 Year of Giving Video Contest

Have you heard the news?

The First Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of giving through a video contest and we could be eligible to receive up to $25,000 for our organization.

However, we need your help!

Our video has been submitted to the 25 Years of Giving Video Contest from the First Horizon Foundation and now we need YOU to vote for us!

We have lots of competition; there are more than 400 agencies competing for these grants.

The top 30 videos with the most votes will advance to the next level as a finalist and could be one of the 25 selected winners receiving a grant. You can vote once per day beginning Wednesday, August 15, 2018.


After clicking on the link, watch our wonderful 1 minute video and then cast your vote.

Public voting ends August 31, 2018.

We cannot do this without you!

Please forward this to your friends and urge them to vote for us as well.



PS: We are very grateful to Charlie McEntyre’s nephew,
Terry Farriss who donated his time and considerable talent to produce the video for us. Thanks, Terry for your hard work and creativity,

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Easy way to help MCCM AND Save Money

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Are you planning to take advantage of Amazon’s Prime Day deals?

Your shopping makes a difference.

Amazon donates to Marion County Community Ministry Inc when you shop Prime Day deals at

You save money and MCCM benefits at no cost to you.

Amazon 2017 Prime Day

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