Archive for June 5, 2017

Friends of Philly Update

In last month’s Newsletter we reported the following:

Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia has paid another visit to Whitwell Middle School.

On this trip to Whitwell from Philadelphia the wonderful folks took the Middle Schoolers shopping at Sav-A-Lot to buy food for the foodbank.

We hoped to have many details but all we have learned that the good folks of Har Zion Temple went shopping with the students at WMS and bought 800 pounds of food for the Food Bank.

Thank You Har Zion Temple!

Walker Retires

Long time faithful volunteer and one of the main developers of the Good Neighbors Program, Mary Jo Walker, has decided to retire. Mary Jo volunteered for many years at Metropolitan Ministries (Met-Min) in Chattanooga before coming to us at MCCM.

In 2008, when we decided to attempt to create the Good Neighbors Program at MCCM, we wanted to model it on the best practices of Met-Min and the Good Neighbors Program in Maryville, TN.  We met initially with Rebecca Whelchel, the Executive Director at Met-Min, and the Rev. Lou Garcia, who began the programs of Met-Min and with Elizabeth Kabalka from Good Neighbors in Maryville.

When we learned that Mary Jo, a member at Christ Church Episcopal in South Pittsburg, volunteered at Met-Min, we asked Becky and Lou if we could “borrow” her for a while in order to ensure a smooth start to Good Neighbors.

For the last nine years, nearly every Tuesday, Mary Jo was in her office greeting, counseling, and being the face and hands and heart of Jesus Christ to our neighbors who need help.

Thank you hardly seems sufficient to express what you have meant to me and to all of us at MCCM and to our clients.

Mary Jo, we love you and we will miss you greatly. We hope you will drop in and check on us from time-to-time to see how we are doing.

Hunger in the News

U.S. Capital

June 2, 2017

Summertime, When The Livin’ Is Hard For Hungry Children | HUFFPOST1

More than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program during the school year, but when school is out, fewer than 4 million receive meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This means millions of kids do not get the food they need during the summer months. Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, writes that states and localities can and must do far more to stop summer hunger. Read the Article »

Hard-working taxpayers don’t support big cuts to food stamps, it turns out | The Washington Post

There is much discussion about the administration’s proposed cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Late last year, the University of Maryland’s Program on Public Consultation conducted a nationwide survey measuring support for increasing SNAP benefits. About 81 percent supported raising SNAP benefits for the average recipient, while 11 percent favored lowering benefits and 8 percent wanted to keep them the same. Read the Article »

1http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/news-and-updates/hunger-blog/hunger-in-the-news-060217.html

Monthly Results for May 2017

 

Food Bank Results

Category MCCM1

Reporting

CAFB2

Reporting

Adults 1156 818
Children 477 329
Families 571 401
Boxes 799 N/A
Total Active Clients 1265 N/A
Total Inactive Clients3 1806 N/A
New Clients This Month 24 N/A
Net Growth This Month 1.897% N/A

 

  1. MCCM Reporting reflects all client family visits to food bank during the month.
  2. Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) Reporting eliminates duplicate visits by a client family.
  3. Clients who have not received assistance in the last 12 months.

 

Good Neighbors Results

Families Disbursements
45 3160.91

Disbursements per Service Type

Service Type Disbursements
Electric 2800.00
Gas 240.00
Water 120.91

Disbursements per Utility Supplier

Utility Supplier Disbursements
EPB 140.00
Griffith Creek Utility District 70.00
Marion Natural Gas 170.00
SVEC 2660.00
Tennessee American Water (Whitwell Water) 78.10
Tracy City Public Utility 42.81

 

Year-to-date Food Bank Results
Year-to-date Good Neighbors Results