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Friday, December 19, 2014   

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The holidays are a time of giving, and one gift being presented today will help the many Tennesseans who struggle to put meals on the table. The five Feeding America food banks in the state are each receiving a check for $11,000. With more than one million people in the state facing food insecurity, the need is great, says Buster Watts, a volunteer leader with AARP of Tennessee.

"Our goal is to make sure no one goes hungry on our watch, or they always have the opportunity to have food," he says. "It just makes us feel really good about what we do."

The monies distributed today were raised through a community-service partnership project between AARP and Walgreens.

The food banks receiving the funds serve dozens of smaller organizations, like churches, emergency shelters, soup kitchens and food shelves. Among them is the Nashville Food Project, where program director Malinda Hersh notes they're seeing more and more need among working families.

"You do see a lot more families seeking assistance," Hersh says. "Those parents may have a job, but they're still not able to adequately cover all their bills."

The Nashville Food Project serves some 600 made-from-scratch meals each week, with two food trucks that deliver to the city's homeless and working poor communities.


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