A mobile food pantry earlier this month filled the cupboards of 182 Fairview area families.
Thanks to a $2500 grant from United Way to cover the cost of food, GraceWorks West secured a space and volunteers to distribute that food. GraceWorks is set up to host a mobile food pantry in College Grove on March 24th, but our sponsor fell through. We are looking for a $2500 sponsor to help feed College Grove families at that event.
GraceWorks offers the mobile pantries occasionally in various areas of Williamson County to increase families’ access to food. GraceWorks obtains the space and signs up volunteers, but is dependent on sponsors to pay for the food, which is obtained from Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
The events are streamlined to set up, distribute food and tear down in 2 to 3 hours, GraceWorks Food Pantry Manager Phil Rutledge said.
A truck with a semi-trailer full of food pulls up at 8 a.m. Items vary, but usually consist of canned foods, produce, breads and sometimes milk and eggs, Rutledge said.
Eighty to 100 volunteers help unload, set up tables and sort food items. Families arrive at 9 a.m., line up in their cars and volunteers fill and push full shopping carts to each car and help families load their new groceries. The food is usually distributed by 10:30 or so, and volunteers clean up the area.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the College Grove mobile pantry is asked to contact GraceWorks Director of Development Alicia Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Scott Lucas