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Food insecurity is a problem that affects one in four children in our community. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank reports that there are children who are food insecure in every one of Hamilton County’s schools, touching each district. Teachers report spikes in attendance on Fridays and Mondays from children who don’t always have food on the weekend and depend on their school lunches.

This is an American story and a Chattanooga story. Because it’s a Chattanooga story there are groups working together to solve it and WTCI, our community PBS station, has been following them to tell it.  Producer Bo Wheeler was moved watching one of the East Brainerd Church of Christ’s Snack Pack Ministry sessions as over 300 people packed 4,000 blue bags for children in our schools who may not have food to eat over the weekend otherwise. WTCI’s production team visited Barger Elementary, Woodmore Elementary and Ringgold United Methodist Church and New Hope Presbyterian Church to tell this powerful story. 

“Hunger at Home” debuted March 8th and can be seen online at www.greaterchattanooga.org, on WTCI’s social media outlets, on the PBS app, and on-air this fall in the new season of this exciting local series. Gina Crumbliss, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, reports that there are 61,610 children in our community who are food insecure and that they and their partner organizations and charities currently serve under 15,000 for 32 weeks. For information on supporting the Food Bank or its partner organizations please visit online at www.chattfoodbank.org or Janice Robertson with the East Brainerd Church or Christ at janicerobertsonhomes@gmail.com

Greater Chattanooga is a short film series that explores the people and ideas that make us all more aware, happier, and stronger as a community.  Viewers can find these online videos both through wtciTV.org and, greaterchattanooga.org as well as watching on-the-go with phones, computers and tablets via YouTube, Facebook and the websites.  At home, our viewers can also enjoy these films on their HD televisions using products like Apple TV and Roku and the free, easy-to-use PBS app. 

Monthly, viewers can tune in on-air to the broadcasts Thursdays at 8:00 PM and Saturdays at 4:00 PM to enjoy stories from around your community, including arts and culture, business and news & public affairs. 

WTCI serves over 400,000 households in 35 counties, educating, engaging and inspiring exploration through trusted, quality programming and community and education outreach. This series is made possible by support from sponsors, including Unum and EPB Fiber Optics.  Please visit greaterchattanooga.org or contact Shaun Townley @ 423-702-7821 for information about supporting the series. 

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