WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Maria Lee, Tennessee’s First Lady, visited the state’s oldest town on Monday to help thank foster care families in the area.
Lee was found outside of George Jaynes Justice Center throughout the da, and distributed meal boxes to foster families to celebrate National Foster Care Month.
For the first lady, however, this kind of work isn’t entirely new.
“This month it is our monthly challenge focus, to support foster care families,” Lee said. “But also the Governor’s initiative of Tennessee Fosters Hope is a statewide collaborative campaign between churches and businesses and public and private organizations to really elevate the needs of foster care and get people involved.”
The event was put on in partnership with One Generation Away, a nonprofit that focuses on combatting hunger throughout the United States.
Despite the rain, volunteers were stationed outside to load food into the cars of families that drove by. Several local politicians appeared alongside Lee, who met each car as it drove through.
“Any little bit to supplement food, especially during these times, is a big help and they recognize that,” Lee said. “You’re adding another kid or two or three to your family. It adds a little extra to your food bill and so any extra supplemental food they’re very grateful to have.”
A press release from Lee states that 8,509 children are in foster care within Tennessee alone and encouraged the public to research how they can support foster children or families online.