Compassion Ministries
Logo Compassion Ministries is an all volunteer outreach based in Knoxville, Tennessee, originally established to feed local hungry people.

As the ministry has grown, it has reached out to people who are hungry in East Tennessee and in specific cases of need to Kentucky, Louisiana, and Eastern North Carolina.

The Feeding the Hungry area found above describes many of the people helped.

News Update:

Food Distribution

Our next Local Food Pantry will be on Thursday, July 7th at Cornerstone Church in Farragut. It will be drive though starting 3:00 PM EDT.

Tenative upcoming Mobile Pantry dates and locations for 2022:

12/10 - Monroe County, Coker Creek, Tellico Plains,TN

Fentress County Fair Grounds - March 26, 2022

Saturday, 26 March 2022, was an amazing day that Compassion Ministries served 553 families and gave away right at $100,000 worth of food and products having over 125 volunteers helping. It did not rain and the sun came out. People were totally blessed and grateful for the food that we provided them giving almost all the food away. A man stopped us on the way out and asked Pastor Steve for food stating that he had just lost his son and they did not have anything to eat. We gave him some of what we had left. Bill, Nancy, and Mark did an amazing job of signing in people, but, more help is needed there in the future. Sparkie, Steve, Randy, Jim, and Brandon also did an amazing job. Sparkie can only be in one place at one time and today Robin was asking him to be in three places at one time. Everyone on Compassion Ministries team, Randy, Jim, and Dottie worked so hard to help put this together. You guys are amazing and God is good.

Todd did an amazing job in his county laying in the foundation for today on the radio all week and had us into newspapers with great reviews. Laying the foundation before we get there, so that the people know that we are coming, is key. Mobile medical clinic went with us today had their first patient. After they left, more people showed up wanting to see them. The mobile medical clinic is something that's going to be slow and steady but, longer term, it will be a blessing to those who come.


Union County - October 30, 2021

We had a wonderful mobile food pantry in Union County High School on October 30 serving 300 families. The Lord blessed the hearts of the people and the many volunteers who came and worked along side us.

Emerald Youth Foundation - August 28, 2021

We had a wonderful mobile food pantry on Saturday, 28 August 2021, at the Emerald Youth Center, Lonsdale Community, North Knoxville TN. It was a beautiful day but extremely hot. We served 282+ customers and provided food for 121 families for a separate pantry sponsored by the Lonsdale United Methodist Church. The total number of family members served was 1,435.

Compassion Ministries worked together with United Health Care, the United “In-As-Much” Movement (who held many community activities around Knoxville), the Lonsdale Community Food Council, and numerous churches from within the city of Knoxville. It was wonderful working together with them all to serve the large Guatemalan population and other residents in the Lonsdale community.

We were blessed to have the Reid and Bellas families from Murfreesboro and Springfield who provided fresh grilled hot dogs and hamburgers to our customers and volunteers. This was a super treat to all attendees, and we thank them for their service.

White Oak Elementary - July 10, 2021


Emerald Youth Foundation - June 12, 2021


Coker Creek Elementary School - May 22, 2021


Jellico High School - April 17, 2021

We had another wonderful mobile food pantry on Saturday, 17 April 2021, at Jellico High School, Jellico Tennessee. While rain was forecast, it held off and was a beautiful day with lots of smiling faces. Even one year plus since the start of COVID, there are still lots of people suffering from loss of job and poverty. However, there seemed to be an overwhelming sense of joy from the customers and the volunteers. Four-Hundred and Fifty-Five families were given food which represented 1,430+ family members. Our sponsor for this pantry was United Health Care. They did a great job of getting health care info out to the people as they waited in line. We had an abundance of friendly volunteers. One of the best was multiple members of the Campbell County Volunteer Rescue Squad. They assisted our staff in registering the customers and keeping traffic moving smoothly. Besides the regular volunteers from our home church, Cornerstone Church of God in Farragut, we had lots of helpers from Christ Covenant Presbyterian, Pastor Harrold Preyor and several members from Grace and Glory Church, and many from Hope and Stand Church, whose pastor is Joey St. John, also the vice-principal of the high school. Members of the school staff also pitched in to help. Toward the end of the pantry, a glorious treat for the customers arrived in the body of the Reid and Bellas families from Murfreesboro and Springfield TN. They minister on a regular basis to the families of Jellico and had arrived Saturday to hand out treats but found few to no customers there. They heard about our pantry and brought their goods to share with the people at the school. They had fresh hamburgers and hot dogs, baskets filled with candy and other goodies, and had Bibles for all who wanted one. They were such a blessing to the people, and we hope to work with them again in the future.


On Saturday, 27 March 2021, Compassion Ministries, with Mission of Hope working alongside us, conducted a Mobile Food Pantry at the Fentress County Fairgrounds in Jamestown, Tennessee. Also working with us, United Health Care, was a great friend for the people there providing info on health care. We had many volunteers from the Jamestown area plus Andy Phier and several of his fellow church members, volunteered and fell right in with us. Along with all these, the Gideons gave every family a Bible. Approximately 600 families came to receive help for their family on an extremely rainy, stormy day. It rained and rained, yet through it all, several helpers noted they heard not one complaint. It reminds me of my day of baptism many years ago. With the water washing over me, I felt and received the blessings of God. That was the way it seemed through the rain. Those receiving food and those giving out food – all seemed to receive a blessing beyond measure.


Southeast Bank of Farragut is continuing sponsoring our feeding the children ministry (Backpack Program)! Thank you!

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If you would like to help Compassion Ministries' mission, there are several ways available:

Volunteers are needed for mobile pantries.
Donations and critical to our mission's success. A Donation of $25 will provide 15 lbs. of food (12 meals) to needy people. Please consider a regular monthly or one time donation.
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12813 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN        (865) 755-9512