October 19, 2020

The coronavirus crisis continues to pose urgent food-security threats to many Tennessee families – whether from health-related or economic impacts.

But the Volunteer State is mounting a comeback – through a collaborative effort between Tennessee’s regional community foundations and locally based hunger-relief organizations.

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), a community foundation serving 25 East Tennessee counties with a mission of “thoughtful giving for stronger communities and better lives,” announced today a new way of giving to its #COVIDfeedTN fundraiser.  ETF has been in partnership with other major retailers statewide as well as ETF’s sister community foundations based in Chattanooga, Memphis and Nashville since April.

For a two-week period in October, Walgreens will join this initiative to raise funds to provide hunger-relief. All proceeds will directly fund grants to nonprofit hunger-relief organizations or initiatives, located in the regional area of the Tennessee ZIP code of purchase. “When you provide a donation at  a Nashville-area Walgreens, for example, the proceeds will be given to a credentialed hunger-relief effort in that region,” said Michael McClamroch, ETF president and CEO. 

Funding from donations will be collected and grants distributed by ETF in full coordination with Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (based in Nashville) and Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. 

Tennessee nonprofit organizations with hunger relief and food distribution-related missions (such as community food pantries, school or faith-based meal programs, food-delivery services to homes) can apply for grants via their area’s community foundation website. To apply in East Tennessee, visit ETF’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund; in Chattanooga, visit; in Middle Tennessee, visit; in West Tennessee, visit

All nonprofit grant recipients must apply in advance for #COVIDfeedTN funding and will be fully vetted and pre-screened by their respective region’s community foundation. 

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