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Rising Hunger in Tennessee: A Crisis We Can't Ignore

PRESS RELEASE: May 11, 2024

In a state known for its rich cultural heritage and Southern hospitality, a grave issue is quietly escalating. Tennessee is witnessing a disturbing surge in food insecurity, as revealed by a recent poll conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. According to the poll, nearly one in five households now face hunger, a staggering increase from previous years. This alarming trend is not just statistics; it represents thousands of families, children, and elderly citizens who are struggling to put food on their tables.


Imagine the heartache of a mother skipping meals so her children can eat, or a senior citizen choosing between buying medication or groceries. These are not isolated incidents but a growing reality for many Tennesseans. The poll highlights that 19% of households are experiencing food insecurity, painting a stark picture of the challenges faced by our neighbors.


The implications are profound. Food insecurity affects physical health, mental well-being, and the ability to thrive in everyday life. Children cannot focus on their studies, adults struggle at work, and the elderly suffer in silence. This crisis is a call to action for all of us.


We must act now. By raising awareness and mobilizing resources, we can make a difference. Donations to local food banks and support organizations are crucial. Every dollar counts, every contribution matters. Together, we can fight hunger and restore hope to those who need it most. Join us in this urgent mission to end food insecurity in Tennessee.




Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (2023, May 11). Poll shows food insecurity on rise in Tennessee. Vanderbilt University Medical Center News.

Rising Hunger in Tennessee: A Crisis We Can't Ignore
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