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Tennessee Wesleyan Food Bank

About the Program

The TW Food Bank is a client choice pantry. This means that individuals are able to “shop” our food selections like in a grocery store, which helps to eliminate wasted items. We do not prepackage boxes for distribution because we believe each household should have the right to choose their groceries.

The TW Food Bank is an agency member of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and part of the Feeding America network. Feeding America works to build relationships with local grocery stores. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank connected the TW Food Bank to the Food City grocery store located in Etowah, Tennessee. This partnership allows the TW Food Bank to pick up donated food three times a week to redistribute to individuals in need.

 When and Where

The food bank is located at 18 Coach Farmer Drive in the Center for Service and Leadership on the main campus of Tennessee Wesleyan.

The TW Food Bank is currently open on Tuesdays (2:15pm-4:00pm) and Thursdays (3:30pm-4:30pm) by appointment only. This process helps to reduce the wait time because each household is assigned to a specific 15-minute time-slot. Prior to scheduling an appointment, households will need to complete registration paperwork.

Qualifications and Registration Process

Prior to visiting the TW Food Bank, households must schedule a meeting to complete the required registration paperwork. To make an appointment, please contact Liza Day Penney at ldpenney@twcnet.edu or (423) 746-5273.

Households should bring the following information with them to this appointment:

  • Picture ID
  • Proof of residency (if address on ID is not current)
  • Phone number and email address
  • Names and birthdays of all members living in the household
  • List of household support received (ex: SNAP, Families First, etc.)

To qualify for the TW Food Bank, each household must be located in McMinn County and bring proof of residency to the registration appointment. Households must also have a qualifying income, which is determined by national USDA guidelines. A “household” is defined as all individuals living at a single residential address, regardless of whether or not all individuals living in the household are related. The “household income” is the total amount of income received each month by all members of the household.