TFT Applauds Coalition Partners Who Are Working To End Hunger
Did you know that in our country thirty-four (34) million people are food insecure, meaning they either are hungry or do not know where their next meal is coming from? Who are they?
- 9 million, or nearly 40%, are children
- 40% are working low-income individuals or families with at least one working adult
- 11% are seniors
Did you know that in Tennessee:
- 670,000, or 12%, of the population are food insecure
- 18.6% are children
- The working poor, seniors on fixed incomes and others who can least afford it pay the highest sales tax in the nation on the food! They are also among the low-income earners that are taxed 3.5 times more than the wealthiest in our state!
Tennessee is one of only 9 states that still tax grocery food, and it's the highest in the country! With the nation's highest food tax, it is no surprise that anti-hunger organizations across the state are strong supporters of tax reform and many are members of the TFT coalition.
Let's give a hand and lend a hand to coalition partners and allies who work to alleviate and eliminate hunger, and the poverty that spawns it.
MANNA - Nashville and Davidson County
Catholic Charities of TN - Statewide
Presbyterian Hunger Program - Middle Tennessee
Church Women United - Oak Ridge
Area Relief Ministries - Jackson
Phone: (901) 423-9257
Hunger First - Kingsport and Sullivan county
Phone: (423) 392-0012
To learn more about National Hunger Awareness Day, click on the link at Presbyterian Church USA:
Go to the "Facts" section of our site (http://www.fairtaxation.org/facts/) for information and links about:
- Why sales tax is regressive and how those that can least afford it end up paying the most, from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).
- Louisiana's recent success in eliminating grocery tax.
- Why sales tax is unfair to low- and middle-income families.
Sources: Hunger in America 2001, US Census 2000, TN Year Book 2002