Advocates: Use stockpiled funds to help Tennessee’s poor families

More than one in five children in Tennessee live in poverty — enough to fill the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium more than three times and the Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Stadium almost five times.

“In spite of the state’s strong economy, many families are struggling,” Linda O’Neal, the former executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, said during a conference call Thursday organized by the Tennessee Justice Center.

That applies in particular to poor families who receive help through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, a federal block grant initiative. Tennessee’s program is called “Families First.”

Read full story.