Every Tennessean should have the food they need to lead a healthy, productive life. One in seven Tennessee households is unsure of where their next meal will come from. Tennessee’s nutrition safety net programs help millions of Tennesseans get the food they need. We can make these programs better. Too many low-income kids start the day without breakfast even while schools have the resources to provide it. Too many older adults are choosing between food and medicine when SNAP could be helping them put food on the table.
Tennessee Justice Center is working to ensure that nutrition programs are the best they can be and that every Tennessean can put food on the table.
The National School Breakfast Program provides Tennessee students with an affordable, nutritious meal to start the day. Breakfast is available to low-income students at no or reduced cost. School breakfast improves students’ attention, behavior, and health. Through the No Kid Hungry campaign, we are working to ensure that 26,000 more low-income students from across the state start the day with school breakfast. Sign up as a Breakfast Champion to help us achieve this goal.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s largest anti-hunger program. It provides low-income families with an EBT card that can be used, like a debit card, to buy food at grocery stores and farmers markets. We’re working to connect people who need this important program. You can help by becoming a SNAP Access Partner.
KEEPING THE NUTRITION SAFETY NET STRONG
A strong safety net means nourished Tennesseans. We’re engaging and educating policymakers on the importance of programs like SNAP and school meals and how they can be improved. In 2017, we successfully protected SNAP for over 100,000 low-income Tennesseans.