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 community resources to help alleviate the stress of food insecurity

community resources to help alleviate the stress of food insecurity

March 19th, 2020

The threat of Covid-19 has caused an abrupt change to family routines because of work and school closures in the Tennessee Valley. For many families who rely on school meals for their kids, this sudden change in plans has also caused extra financial stress as parents and caregivers scramble to feed growing kids during the hours they are normally at school. 

Fortunately, there are community resources in place to help alleviate the stress of food insecurity. 

Kids’ Breakfast and Lunch Options

Hamilton County Schools announced that several of their locations will host breakfast and lunch drive-through pick ups each week day beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Cold meals will be provided for children ages 0 - 18. Parents and guardians do not need to show proof of income or enrollment to qualify. Children do need to be present at the time of pick-up, however. 
Find out more here

The YMCA is distributing cold breakfast and lunches at these locations while supplies last:

Northside Neighborhood House Coffee Community Collective, 10161 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy. 

Call 423-605-2892


Northside Neighborhood House, 211 Minor Street, Chattanooga 37405. 

Call 423-267-2217.


Some local restaurants are offering free kid meals, as well.

New York Pizza Department, 5731 HWY 153, Ste B, Hixson 37343. 

Call 423-531-8830


Wine Down, 9431 Bradmore Lane, Ooltewah, 37363. 

Call 423-531-9463. 


Family Food Boxes  |  Hamilton County

First Baptist Church, Soddy Daisy, 37379. Available on Wednesdays. 

Call 423-332-2814. 

Grace Food Bank, Calvary Chapel Hixson. Available Fridays. 

Call 423-505-4962


Northside Neighborhood House, North Chattanooga location. By appointment only. 

Call 423-267-2217


Red Bank Food Pantry, Red Bank United Methodist Church. Drive through Thursday, May 19, 5:00-7:00 pm. 

Call 423-877-2281


Soddy Daisy Food Bank, 11370 Backvalley Road, Soddy Daisy 37379. Mondays 3:30 - 5:15, Thursdays 9:00 - 10:45. For residents of northern Hamilton County. 

Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 2009 Curtain Pole Road, Chattanooga, 37406. 

Call 423-622-1800.


Family Food Boxes  |  Sequatchie County

The Vine, Friendship Baptist Church, March 18-25. One box per family, per week. 

Call 423-385-4113.


Additional Services

For additional information and services, Dial 2-1-1 for resources regarding food insecurity, housing, childcare, and transportation.

CONTENT PROVIDED BY: Rachel Green