Leaders Bring Awareness To Hunger In Tennessee

Posted at 4:06 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 17:43:08-04

Tennessee leaders took to the streets to fight hunger. The event was part of the state's partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank for Hunger Action Awareness Month.

The Hunger and Wellness Walk began at 10 a.m. Thursday at Citizens Plaza.

In a state where one in five children don't know where their next meal will come from, state leaders said it's vital that the public is aware of the issue. 

In order to eat, some families have to make tough choices.

“Sometimes families have to forego things that are important to them, like rent or medicine, just to be able to purchase food for their families,” said Danielle Barnes.

Barnes added that the Department of Human Services has provided food stamps for families displaced by Hurricane Harvey, and that they're working to get them approved for those displaced by Hurricane Irma.

For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, visit them online.