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Anita has been visiting Second Harvest’s Produce Truck since it first started bringing fresh food to her apartment complex. There are times when her knees are so swollen she can’t go to the store on her own. Having The Produce Truck come right to her takes away those accessibility barriers. “It’s still a challenge, but I know I can get down here. Someone is going to help me get back up.” Anita often shares her meals with residents who for mobility or health reasons can’t leave their rooms. Her favorite part about receiving fresh produce? “It’s fresh fruit and produce. It’s not junk. It makes you cook more. I’m eating healthier!”
Shae and Joshua
Shae, Joshua and their children moved to Murfreesboro in order to create a better life for themselves. They say that there are more opportunities in the bigger city and more forms of assistance that give them the chance for a new start. Shae says that the assistance they have been receiving has helped them to feed their kids three times a day. Right now they have set a goal for themselves to get a house and support themselves, but it’s expensive in TN. “If it wasn’t for this organization, my kids would go hungry.” says Shae.
Gallatin Shalom Zone is an afterschool at-risk feeding program for children of local residents. The children arrive after school to eat a meal, provided by Second Harvest Food Bank, and work on their homework with the assistance of afterschool program staff members, and play outside. The meals that kids receive at the afterschool program are vital to their overall wellbeing, “Many of the parents work during the day, and when they come by to pick up their children, it is very late for dinner. It improves behavior, focus, energy and everything that goes with food.”, says the Shalom Zone director.
Barry has been living in the area for a long time now, and he stops to pick up food at the Ark depending on the season — often winters are harder than summers. While at the pantry, Barry is also picking up some food to take to his mother, who is 83 years old. He gets some Food Stamps, but they are not that much. Barry is also disabled, he was a construction superintendent, but has been out of work since 2007. He also used to be in the Army. “I am a survivor,” says Barry.
Bill and Mary Hance
Shannon L Hersey
Saint David's Episcopal Church
Kitty and Jim Delany
Ms. Barbara E. Futter
Please join us in Ms. Cheap's 12th Annual Penny Drive by donating to this page!
Over the years Ms. Cheap's Penny Drive has raised over $715,000 which has provided almost 3 million meals to hungry Middle Tennesseans!
Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is estimated that 1 in 6 adults including 1 in 5 children in Middle Tennessee are experiencing hunger. The demand for food has jumped from 600,000 pounds a week to a million pounds a week in the wake of COVID.
How You Can Help
By supporting Ms. Cheap's Virtual Penny Drive, your gift will provide hope to those in need. Ninety six cents of every dollar goes directly to Second Harvest’s feeding programs. Together, we will fight hunger and feed hope.
Raised $250 for the fight against hunger.