What is the Food Box Program?
According to the latest study released in May 2018, 13% of Middle Tennessee residents are food insecure, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is just above the 12.9% national average. In addition, 46 counties within Middle Tennessee suffer food shortages. (https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/learn/hunger-research/map-the-meal-gap/)
Our organization is working to address the unique problems of providing resources to historically disadvantaged minorities and minority communities, providing food and resources to homeless children within the Rutherford County Schools ATLAS program, and providing individuals of color with leadership growth and development and community engagement opportunities.
The New Direction CDC food box program is an emergency food supply designed to feed a family of 4 enough food for five days. The food boxes are packaged with non-perishable items that meet USDA Nutritional Guidelines and typically weigh roughly 20 pounds.
What goes inside the Food Box?
Generally, a food box is comprised of non-perishable food items (with an extensive shelf life). These food items are packaged to balance out a sustainable meal throughout the day and include the following:
- A good blend of fruits and vegetables includes peaches, pears, green beans, corn, etc.
- A good blend of carbs to include rice, potatoes, cereal, pasta, etc.
- A good blend of protein includes prepackaged tuna, chicken, peanut butter, beans, etc.
- A good blend of sugars includes snack bars, fruit bars, etc.
- A measure of milk products, if available
How do boxes get packed?
Food boxes are packaged by caring volunteers who are compassionate to fight hunger and help those in need. Food boxes are packaged either at our local site or corporate partner warehouse.
How are food boxes delivered?
Our generous volunteers not only package food boxes but assist with distribution and delivery when needed. Applicants for food boxes must complete either an online or physical form describing their needs and family demographics. Once the Food Request Form is complete, residents pick up one or more food boxes at our CDC site, or packages can be delivered dependent upon circumstances and COVID-19 restrictions.
How to get a request for a food box?
Here at New Direction CDC, we understand the need for a hand-up during difficult times. Requesting a food box is simple. We advertise our food box program through social media, website, word of mouth, and community flyers. So, once someone knows our help exists, they fill out the form or call our office for assistance.
Requests for food boxes are limited to supply and repeat services.
How can you help?
The average cost for most food box programs to supply and package an emergency 20 pounds food box is roughly $20. This amount accounts for a healthy balance of food that meets nutritional guidelines. Your $20 or more contribution assist toward continuing provisions for those who need emergency food and experience food scarcity.
Donate today to help provide food for homeless children and families in need.