We just received our first donation!!!!
September 30, 2016
BENEFITING: HUNGER-FIRST TRI-CITIES TENNESSEE-VIRGINIA INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 02, 2017
Hello everyone, My name is Michael Gillis executive director and the oldest son of Cindy Risk founder of Hunger First. Most nonprofits have a written set of rules and criteria they go by to help individuals, and if one does not conform or fit into these, one will be turned away. Some examples of criteria for refusal of help are evidence of an individual being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, display of disruptive behaviors that are common in people who suffer from a mental illness, and expression of a moral difference, just to name a few. At Hunger First, everyone that walks through the door is treated the same as anyone who does not need our help, human. 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. Our mission: To educate and empower the low-income, no-income and homeless populations in the Tri-cities and Southwest Virginia regions. Giving Back to the community Hunger First organizes events to involves the community and show appreciation for its support. Events include : Annual Halloween Haunted House for more than 150 children in low-income housing. Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds in the community without family. Over the past, widows, truckers and shut-ins have joined in to meet new people while eating a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 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.