THE TENNESSEAN: How Local Organizations Help Food Insecure Tennesseans

November 15, 2019 – There are thousands of food insecure Tennesseans, so local organizations strive to meet the needs of those who may not know where their next meal comes from.

More than 934,000 Tennesseans are food insecure, including 285,000 children, according to Feeding America’s map showing food insecurity in each state and county in the U.S. in 2017, the most recent year available.

Every county in America has a population that can’t afford healthy foods, and kids are more likely than the general population to face food insecurity, according to Feeding America. Additionally, about 97% of the nation’s 3,142 counties are home to citizens who are food insecure but likely ineligible for federally-funded programs, USA TODAY reported in April.

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and there’s also the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)specifically for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

But there are options other than federal programs that can help.

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