Students can interact with firefighters at upcoming Wash Away Hunger events. (Photo: Bruce Garner)

Chattanooga firefighters need the community’s help raising food for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

There may be donor fatigue in the area after the recent hurricanes, but fire department spokesman Bruce Garner said there’s still a local need.

“The problem of hunger is still present in this area, and we will continue our efforts in trying to help the Chattanooga Area Food Bank deal with that problem,” he said via email. 


The department has extended its drive until Sept. 24.

Collection barrels for food will be at all 20 Chattanooga fire stations until then.

There are also upcoming Wash Away Hunger events, at which students get to interact with firefighters. 

Below are the dates for the Wash Away Hunger events, which had to be rescheduled because of last week’s bad weather. Parents with children at these schools are encouraged to contribute to the food drive, Garner said. 

  • Red Bank Elementary, Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m.
  • Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, Sept. 20, 2 p.m.
  • Hixson Elementary, Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m.
  • East Brainerd Elementary, Sept. 22, 2 p.m.