September is Hunger Action Month – a time for communities and companies to partner together in the fight against hunger. Delta Dental of Tennessee is taking action to end hunger in our community during this critical time.
It is projected that 1 in 8 Middle Tennesseans, including 1 in 7 children, are facing hunger because of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these unprecedented times, Delta Dental is continuing its commitment to fighting hunger and improving child health –donating $25,000 towards five Tennessee food bank’s COVID-19 relief efforts – including Second Harvest.
Since 2013, Delta Dental has supported Second Harvest in part by supplying children’s toothbrushes to our BackPack program which provides easy-to-prepare food for nearly 6,000 children in food-insecure homes on weekends. Delta Dental also sponsors our Hunger Action Month efforts.
Currently, Delta Dental provides more than 30,000 toothbrushes a year to children in need across Tennessee.
“The students were so happy to get these as some of them didn’t have one,” said a school counselor in Sumner County. “One of our children went straight to the bathroom, used his, came back and was smiling at me. I asked, ‘What’s going on buddy?’ and he said, ‘My teeth feel brand new.’”
We are thankful for Delta Dental’s continued commitment to fighting childhood hunger and improving children’s health from the inside out!