BCBS of Tennessee is donating over $3 million to food banks in the state, official says

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation is donating $3.25 million to multiple food banks across the state.

According to a press release, the financial gift will help Tennessee food banks meet the needs of the communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Food banks can often purchase supplies at a much lower cost than individuals can, stretching to provide as many as four meals for each dollar they receive in cash donations.

The BlueCross Foundation will distribute food relief funds to the following organizations:

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· $750,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank (Nashville)

· $750,000 to Mid-South Food Bank (Memphis)

· $500,000 to Chattanooga Area Food Bank

· $500,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee (Knoxville)

· $500,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee (Tri-Cities)

· $250,000 to Regional Inter-Faith Association (Jackson)

The state of Tennessee declared a state of emergency to facilitate the treatment and containment of the virus March 12. The demand for food assistance is expected to increase while businesses and schools are closed across the state.

Community members who want to help can find and donate to their local food bank by visiting www.FeedingAmerica.org.