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Hunger is a reality for 1 in 6 Tennesseans.

According to a recent Feeding America study, Map the Meal Gap*, an estimated 49 million Americans are food insecure, including more than 1 million Tennesseans. Tennessee falls above the 15 percent national average with a 17.1 percent food-insecurity rate - a statistic that ties Tennessee with Missouri as the 41st most-food-insecure state.

A household is considered food insecure if there is limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life. 1 in 6 Tennesseans struggles with hunger and 1 in 4 children go to bed hungry.

The consequences of food insecurity put our most vulnerable populations - children and seniors - at the most risk. For children, inadequate nutrition is associated with adverse effects in school that have long-term consequences. Seniors living in food-insecure households are often missing necessary nutrients that are critical to the unique conditions of aging.

As hunger still exists and households struggle to make ends meet, organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Mid-South Food Bank are working to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in our community.

Second Harvest serves more than 83,000 unique households each year - which includes more than 64,000 children and 47,000 seniors - by distributing meals and groceries through more than 450 community partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. To learn more about Second Harvest’s mission and work visit secondharvestmidtn.org.

Headquartered in Memphis, Mid-South Food Bank serves 31 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas, where more than 21 percent of the population - one-third of which are children and 10 percent are seniors - struggles with food insecurity and hunger. Annually, the organization distributes 13 million pounds of food and groceries to more than 200 partner agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior programs, rehabilitation, and residential centers. For more information on the work of Mid-South Food Bank visit midsouthfoodbank.org.

Both of these organizations rely on donations and fundraisers such as the Sporting Clays Fun Shoot events to help fulfill their mission of serving hungry families through partner agencies in Middle and West Tennessee. 96 cents of every dollar donated is used to feed the hungry.

"The face of hunger is one we might recognize," says Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. "Many of our neighbors who are seeking food assistance have jobs, raise families, work toward education and struggle with health problems like all of us. Too often, our clients have to make difficult trade-offs to get enough food for their families."

Help feed hope for those in need. Join us in the fight against hunger in our communities.

*Map the Meal Gap 2015 data was drawn from the 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics data and American Community Survey averages from the rolling 2009-2013 period.

“Hunger Is a Reality for 1 in 6 Tennesseans.” Tennessean, 2 Sept. 2015.

 

  • Centennial Bank was proud to be a sponsor of the Shooting Hunger event held at Carroll County Shooting Sports Park on June 8, 2017.  It was a great time while supporting an even greater cause.  We are honored to be affiliated with an organization like Second Harvest Food Bank who strives to provide food to individuals in need within our local area. 
    - Chuck Sisson, City President Centennial Bank

  • Shooting Hunger is an opportunity for people and organizations involved in Agriculture to collectively address the need to fight hunger.  It’s a logical thing for those of us involved in food production to provide resources to get meals to hungry people. It has been an honor to have had the opportunity to assist in this effort the past couple of years and I am looking forward to bigger things to come as more people/organizations become involved in this effort. 
    - Keith Harrison, Asst. Commissioner of Consumer and Industry Services Tennessee Department of Agriculture

  • Tennessee’s farming community has always been eager to help a neighbor. I can’t think of a better way than Shooting Hunger for friends to come together to make a difference in the lives of hungry Tennesseans. Tennessee Farmers Co-op is pleased to be involved in such a meaningful and worthwhile program that can potentially impact so many people. Farmers are always focused on helping feed the world, but this effort allows us to narrow that support directly to those in our communities. 
    - Bart Krisle, CEO Tennessee Farmers Cooperative

  • "The Shooting Hunger program has shown the power of teamwork in addressing a real need. Eliminating hunger in Tennessee is critical to the health and success of our state and I am extremely pleased to see that our industry is meeting the challenge head-on. The agriculture industry has always been generous with its resources and I look forward to seeing where these efforts will take us." 
    - Jai Templeton, Commissioner Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • A few years ago we had quite a bit of snowfall in Middle Tennessee and the roads were shut down and schools were closed. I was at home with my wife and our two sons working on a project. We had a big fire in the basement and a big pot of gumbo simmering on the stove. I looked across the living room and noticed that my wife (who’s a school teacher) was crying. When I asked her why she was crying she said, “I was just wondering if all those kids who depend on the school food backpacks have enough to eat.” Hunger is a problem in Tennessee and food insecurity is a problem for more Tennesseans than most of us realize. I’m humbled to be a part of Shooting Hunger and I’m grateful for the outpouring of support from Tennessee agriculture and Tennessee businesses and thankful for shooters who have come from across the country to participate in Shooting Hunger events. 
    - Bryan Wright, Director of Membership Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation

  • Farm Credit Mid-America is excited to be a part of Shooting Hunger as we partner with others from the Agricultural industry to provide food produced by farmers to feed hungry Tennesseans. 
    - Tim Williams,
    Regional Vice President Farm Credit Mid-America

  • Supporting hunger relief through events like Shooting Hunger is so much more than a day of fun fellowship and healthy competition with friends. It's about paving the way and creating a hopeful future for so many individuals and families in need. Tosh Farms has deep agricultural roots, dating all the way back to 1913. Teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee provides us with the opportunities to support an organization with the same values and goals as ours and to give back to others. We'd love for you to join us in our efforts to help stop hunger! 
    - Tosh Farms