The mission of Feed America First is to provide food to those who feed the hungry by facilitating the efficient movement of surplus food supplies to where they are needed. Feed America First is a faith-based hunger relief organization which focuses primarily on meeting the need in rural areas, because they are below the radar of the traditional charitable network in this country. Thanks to Second Harvest and other organizations, there are many resources in the urban areas for those who want to help feed their neighbors. But the lower-density rural areas often get overlooked, and they have just as much need. In recent years, jobs have left the small towns, and the able-bodied workers have had to relocate to find work, leaving many small towns with concentrations of the poor, the sick, and the elderly.

Feed America First’s distribution center, strategically located near Nashville, TN (a transportation hub, as well as a population center) serves as a collection point for large, container-size, trailer-load food contributions, solicited from major food manufacturers and distributors and other charities. Those contributions are then distributed at no charge to about 160 qualified hunger-oriented charities in rural areas and small towns, most of them on a monthly basis for delivery to their clients. The distribution center is able to serve over 300,000 people annually. Since Feed America First was chartered in June 2000, over 20 million pounds of food have been distributed at no charge to hungry and needy people. Every dollar donated enables Feed America First to provide enough food for about 12-15 meals.

For More Information on Feed America First please visit their website

www.feedamericafirst.com

1105 Blue Springs Rd
Franklin, TN 37069
Phone: (615) 512-5915
Fax: (615) 661-0130


The Need in America

According to a November 2009 report released by the US Department of Agriculture, America is getting hungrier and hungrier. Last year 49 million people (17 million of them children) were unable to consistently get enough food to eat. These staggering figures represent 14.6 percent of all households, a 3.5 percent jump over 2007 and the largest recorded increase since the agency began measurements in 1995.

The impact upon children is even more profound. Almost 5.2 million children reported experiencing severe hunger, possibly going days without eating. And since 2006 the number of hungry children under age six, in the developmentally critical years, has tripled. Referring to the increasing numbers of children who suffered the most from hunger, Drexel University public-health professor and hunger expert Mariana Chilton said "this is a catastrophe. This is not a blip. This recession will be in the bodies of our children."

This breach in the system is partially filled by the non-profit sector, those charitable agencies which feed the hungry. However, private food supply and allied organizations do not have the resources to meet such demand. Thousands of individuals and families are turned away each week, because there is not enough food to distribute.

Please help "Feed America First" through direct contributions, and by recommending this organization as the charitable recipient on your LegacyPlan with LegacyTree Foundation.


(These figures are supplied by the USDA 2008 Report on Hunger.)