As recent as May 2017, the Tennessean reported its’ statistics on poverty and hunger. The report found that 18.9% of Nashvillians live in poverty — a higher rate than Tennessee (17.9%) and the nation (15.9%). According to a recent Feeding America study, an estimated 49 million Americans are food insecure, including more than 1 million Tennesseans.
1 in 4 children in Tennessee faces hunger every day.
Many middle and high school students across the state and nation aren’t reading at a proficient level. According to a report by the Tennessee Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability, more than 70% of Tennessee’s eighth-graders read at or below the basic level of proficiency for that grade.
Families throughout America and abroad often face sudden emergencies with no immediate or real way out. We seek to help impact their successful transition and total life care. The LifeCare programs focus on providing a range of aid to individuals and families that help manage everyday crises and whole life success.
The Positive Parenting Initiative focuses on preventing child abuse through education and awareness. Every hour of every day, there is an allegation of child abuse in Tennessee. Unfortunately, child abuse is a problem in every county and community across Tennessee. In 2013, Tennessee had 102,748 total referrals for child abuse and neglect.
The purpose of the #HopeForHaiti Initiative is to provide sustainable resources and services to the region of Haiti, currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with close to 60% of the population living under the national poverty line; therefore, aiding in the prevention and elimination of human suffering to the Haitian region.
Did you know that there are homeless children in our schools? The New Direction CDC is an official partner to the Rutherford County ATLAS Program. We provide 'weekend' food bags, free tutoring, Christmas toys, and community resources to the ATLAS Program families through our Hope Program.
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:
Your recurring gift of $15 per month can go a long way in providing food and supplies to those in need. Will you become a Feed The Need Partner today? You will also receive a Feed The Need Partner package as a special gift for becoming a monthly partner.