Since 1994 Hunger First has played an intricate role helping people in the Tri-cities and surrounding counties of both of Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Our organization became officially recognized as a 501 C 3 non-profit in 1998 and has made a conscious effort in maintaining that status and its mission ever since that to present.
We here at Hunger First take the term "non-profit" very serious and follow it to the letter when it comes to helping out those that have a need. What I mean by that is that everything (clothes, groceries, hygiene products male and female as well as monetary donations) that comes into our place goes back exactly the way it come, which is free to us so therefore it goes back out, free.Currently we help more than 1200 individuals monthly. That's more than 300 plus families of four or more people up to 12 in each. Now this total count includes children and adults who are homeless, senior citizens, and middle age and young adults who struggle on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis.
Giving back to the community:
- Hunger First organizes events to involve the community and show appreciation for its support. Events include:
- Annual Halloween Haunted House for more than 150 children in low-income housing.
- We provide Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds in the community without family.
- Christmas party for over 275 underprivileged children from newborn to age eighteen.
What sets Hunger First apart:
- Food distribution three times a week-other food pantries only provide groceries once a month leaving many families in dire need of food at the end of the month.
- Families can receive groceries from Hunger First every six days.
- Twice weekly hot food distribution reaching over 100 people, served at 12:30 pm with help from Fellowship Church.
- No appointment is required to receive food assistance; simply arrive M-W-F, state your need and receive a food assistance package.
- Hunger First does not require proof of income, family size, or proof of address to receive assistance.
Our goal with raising the funds that we are currently asking for would be first and foremost to purchase the entire property in which we currently rent and have rented since 2007. Secondly it would also be to have roots in our communbity and to establish Hunger First as a foundation which has is long overdue. We will also be using the funds to budget in remodeling, groceries for our pantry, our monthly bills, as well as our homeles and those in need Helping Hand program. We will also be using the funds to cover our Girls INC. food program as well as our giving back to the community programs that were listed previously. Also whwen we reach our financial goal if anything is left over after the rest will be used to budget in a working salary for our director and maybe one part-time employee.