Beltone in Blount County is participating in the third annual Beltone National Food Drive to help fight hunger, joining hundreds of other Beltone Hearing Centers across the country.

Throughout September, people are invited to bring in a nonperishable food item to Beltone at 803 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, next to the Shell gas station. Food donations will be distributed to the local food bank. For more information or directions, call 865-238-4716.

Once people donate, they can choose to make an appointment for a free hearing screening in appreciation of their contribution.

At the end of the month, Beltone will make a financial donation, based on all food collected, to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that provides food assistance to an estimated 46.5 million people annually, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

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