2021 NUTRITION ANNUAL REPORT
FIGHTING HUNGER IN TENNESSEE
A MESSAGE FROM THE NUTRITION TEAM
Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) nutrition team is working to end hunger in Tennessee. TJC improves the nutrition, health and well-being of Tennesseans struggling with food insecurity and poverty, through client services, advocacy, partnerships, information sharing and equitable policy solutions. Food insecurity is a challenge that impacts more Tennessee families than ever before and disproportionately affects children, seniors, veterans, and communities of color. Federal programs such as school breakfast and lunch, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC), and summer and afterschool meal programs can all help end hunger. These nutrition programs are proven to help families put food on the table, reduce poverty and hunger, improve health outcomes, and stimulate local economies.
Our work is an essential part of the solution to protect, strengthen, and leverage federal nutrition program dollars to end hunger in our state.
1 in 3 Tennesseans
are Food Insecure
Participating in WIC
A native of Middle Tennessee, Elizabeth, her husband Anthony, and their four grandchildren, have called Nashville home since before their children were born. Elizabeth found TJC when she was faced barriers to keeping the family’s SNAP benefits. TJC helped Elizabeth overcome those barriers, which ensured that Elizabeth and her family would continue to receive SNAP benefits.
“I have been counting down the days until we receive pandemic EBT benefits. Many days I’m trying to figure out what to feed my kids for breakfast and lunch.”
“P-EBT really helped me and my two children when we were down to almost nothing left in the refrigerator.”