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  • Writer's pictureBrian Conn

Local nonprofit receives $6,000 donation through Altar’d State’s Mission Mondays Initiative

The Soul Food Backpack Program, a Johnson and Floyd County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing weekend meals for children in need, recently received a $6,000 donation from the women’s clothing retailer Altar’d State.

The donation was made as part of Altar’d State’s Mission Mondays initiative, through which the company donates a portion of all proceeds from sales on Mondays, according to a statement from the company.

Founded in 2015 by Bob and Alisa Gound, the Soul Food Backpack Program provides bags filled with nutritious, non-perishable food items to children in Johnson and Floyd counties who are at risk of hunger over the weekend. The program currently serves 310 children in 15 schools.

“We are incredibly grateful for Altar’d State’s generous donation,” said Brian Conn, director of the Soul Food Backpack Program. “Their support will help us provide almost 5,000 meals each month to local children in need through the school Family Resource Departments. Partnerships with community-minded businesses like Altar’d State are vital to our mission.”

Altar’d State, which opened its first location in Knoxville in 2009 now has over 222 stores across the United States.

According to the statement, Altar’d State’s faith-based approach and desire to alter the retail industry led to the name Altar’d State. Each quarter the stores choose a nonprofit from their community based on a seasonal theme, such as Education or Children’s Health. Associates are encouraged to get involved with their Mission Monday nonprofits through volunteering — every employee is given four hours of paid volunteer time each month.

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