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Mobile Pantry Plea

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

Photo by Scott Lucas

1 Response

  1. Tom Nichol

    I hate to complain, but this is about the 4th or 5th time I have learned about mobile pantries in Fairview that I cannot take advantage of. The location of the pantry (Fairview Middle School) is much too far away for me to get to and from on foot, and the announcement is most always too close to the scheduled time for me to arrange transportation. Furthermore, I am a member of a Sabbath-keeping church (the United Church of God), so any attempt on my part to go to the Pantry would interfere with my attending my church’s regular services! Can something PLEASE be done about this? I am on Food Stamps, so being able to take advantage of such a service as this would mean a great deal to me! Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!

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