A Mobile Drive Through Food Pantry
is coming to Coker Creek Elementary School
in Tellico Plains, Tennessee on December 12th from 10:00 AM EDT until 3:30 PM.
Our next Local Food Pantry
Thursday, December 3rd at Cornerstone Church
in Farragut. It will a drive though from 3:00 PM EDT until 4:30 PM.
On Saturday, 10 Oct 2020
, we conducted a mobile food distribution, in the parking lot of Jellico Elementary School, Jellico, Tennessee. While there are still lots of folks being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we had many people tell us, “We really appreciate you coming out and helping our community.”, or “This has been a rough year and just when I thought I had made it, I lost my job and we’ve had a difficult time.” These thankful hearts make this job a true blessing.
At Jellico, we served 441 families, representing more than 1,513 family members, from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. There was lots of rain just before we began setting up but we only experienced misty rain throughout the day. We worked with the city of Jellico and the school staff to get the word out regarding the pantry. But the ones who probably helped us the most, were multiple members of the Campbell County Volunteer Rescue Squad; they were there from the time we arrived until we closed it down, and helped keep the traffic moving and in some sort of order.
Beside our regular volunteers from Cornerstone Church, we had great help from members from the school staff and Grace & Glory Fellowship. Along with the group from Grace & Glory, was Mr. George Vaughn came along to help. Mr. Vaughn is 87-years old and worked the bread station all day. God has no limits on the age nor the physical ability of volunteers. We will find a position/job for you and we could not do these pantries without the continued assistance of these and many other volunteers.
As we have done since the pandemic first started and to protect our customers (and volunteers) from possible contamination, they arrived in their car, we gained required information, and told them to open their trunk, and drive by the service areas where the volunteer staff loaded food into their trunks.
On Saturday, 12 Sep 2020
, we conducted a mobile food distribution, in partnership with United Health Care. Our location
was in the parking lot of Philadelphia Elementary School. While there are still lots of folks being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,
we had many people tell us, “You don’t know how much this means. It’s been a rough year so far.” We served approximately
261 families, representing more than 1,015 family members, from 10:00 AM-2:45 PM: at the end working in a driving
rainstorm. Compassion worked with the city of Philadelphia and the school staff to get the word out regarding the pantry
and the times (assisted by an article in The Connection, a part of the Herald paper distributed across Loudon county).
As we have done since the pandemic first started and to protect our customers (and volunteers) from possible contamination,
they arrived in their car, we gained required information, and told them to open their trunk, and drive by the service areas
where the volunteer staff loaded food into their trunks.
Beside our regular volunteers from Cornerstone Church, we had great help from both Tellico Community Church and Grace
& Glory Fellowship. We could not do these pantries without the continued assistance of these and many other volunteers.
This time, besides our volunteers and customers, we were blessed by three private donations. The first was a
much-appreciated milk donation from Davis Brother’s Dairy, represented by Ms. Rita Davis, and her daughter, Ms.
Samantha Davis Craun. They milk over 800 cows 3-times daily and donated over 300 gallons of Mayfield milk. Mayfield is
the primary purchaser of Davis’ dairy products. Then Sweetwater Valley Cheese provided huge amounts of locally produced
cheese, and the most beautiful fresh produce was donated by local farmer, Mr. Frank Smith.
On Saturday, 15 Aug 2020
, we conducted a mobile food pantry, in partnership with TVA. Our location was the Linden Elementary School, Anderson County TN. We worked closely with the school staff, a large group from Grace & Glory Church, and one of our favorites, the youth, and their leaders from Christ Covenant Presbyterian from Farragut. Plus, we had volunteers show from the local community. As always, we had several long-time volunteers from Cornerstone Church.
We provided food for 193 family units, serving 741 individuals overall. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we still must place the food in the customers car. This greatly limits the one-on-one interaction with the people and volunteers. So, we hope this restriction is lifted real soon. Below are a few pictures from the day. One thing we did not photograph were the rainstorms which drenched us a couple of times during the day.
In the end, talking with a representative from Linden Elementary, she told me, “The people were in awe of the amount of food they were given. As they left, many stopped and told me they never expected this much.”
Many stated, “There must be $3-400 worth of food here.”
And they were right.
Our local pantry
is very busy. We are operating outside now to keep everything safe as possible. This pantry happened on July 23, 2020 as it does every two weeks.
On Friday, 26 June 2020
, a mobile pantry was conducted by the many volunteers at Frostbite House of Prayer in Spring City, Tennessee. Compassion Ministries took truck loads of food to them for distribution, but, the pantry was completely staffed and administered locally!! Very exciting.
On Friday, 12 June 2020
, a mobile pantry was conducted, in partnership with our corporate sponsor, TVA.
Our location was in Roane County. Along with volunteers from Compassion Ministries, we were blessed
with many energetic helpers from TVA, Harriman Utility Board, Community Church Tellico Village,
and lots of help from the Lenoir City, Habitat for Humanity. Even the Midtown Elementary staff pitched
in to help. We provided food for over 219 families, serving a total of 753 people. What a joy these pantries
are as we meet the food needs of so many people. As I always say, “We are as blessed, if not more so, than
the families we serve.”
On Friday, 29 May 2020
, Compassion Ministries conducted a mobile food pantry, in partnership with United Health Care at Coker Creek Elementary, located in Monroe County. We worked closely with school administrators, and
members of the Community Church Tellico Village. We were also blessed with numerous volunteers
from Cornerstone Church and local workers from the Coker Creek community.
We provided food for 220 family units, serving 725 individuals overall. It was another day when the
volunteers felt more blessed than possibly even the people we served. With so many restrictions still
being observed to fend off the Pandemic, we did this as a drive-through. While our customers get their
food, we as volunteers hope this is over soon as we all miss the personal touch of helping people one-on-
one. But we do what we must do to fulfill the Lord’s command “...You Feed Them.!” Luke 9:13.
On Friday, April 17, 2020
, Compassion Ministries conducted a “drive-through” mobile pantry. The
drive-through was to help us stay in compliance with social distancing standards as set forth in
Coronavirus personal safety standards. While we happily do this, it takes away much of the personal
contact our volunteers love and give so freely to our customers.
The volunteer helpers were bountiful and much needed that day. Our primary supporter in Fentress
County are Todd Burnett, County Judge, and his wife, Tracey. Without their hearts for this community, we
would not be able to meet such a large outpouring of people. Along with the County Commissioner, many
community volunteers, and members of the “Alive in the Spirit” Church, we served 955 families
representing 2,563 members of the community. Lest we forget, we could never do these pantries without
the fervent support from our financial sponsors. For this one, United Health Care was our hero.
Because of the large crowds, the traffic was so bad that our Pastor had to have a police escort to get there
with another load of supplies. Each family went home with $400+ in groceries and we left excess food
there for Judge Burnett to distribute as needed.
On Monday, April 1st, 2020
, we conducted a mobile food distribution, in partnership with Reinhart Trucking, Second Harvest, and the officials of the town of Farragut. Our location was in the parking lot of the old Kroger, off Kingston Pike, Farragut, Knox County. This was specifically planned to serve food service workers who have been furloughed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While we knew there were a lot of folks effected, we served about 1,000 family members from 3-7 PM. We worked closely with restaurant owners and other food service companies to get the word out to their laid-off staff. We did a follow-up pantry the following day at Cornerstone Church of God and served approximately 600 family members.
To protect our customers (and the volunteers) from possible contamination of the virus, they arrived in their car, we got required information, and told them to open their trunk and drive by one of two service areas where the volunteer staff loaded food into their trunks.
Personally, this ol’ man was blessed and completely moved by the number of young people from Christ Covenant Church. I tried to count the numbers of these willing and hard-working young folks, but lost count. This type of volunteerism from the future leaders of our community and nation warmed my heart. We were also blessed with numerous youth and women leaders, also from Christ Covenant.
On March 10th, 2020
, Compassion Ministries took food and supplies received by donations due to coverage by Channel 10 to tonado victims in Baxter, Tennessee and returned on March 11, to work with local volunteers in Putnam County to distribute the donations. The losses of life and property were heartbreaking. More information
On Saturday, February 1st, 2020
, Compassion Ministries conducted a mobile food pantry, in partnership with United Health Care. Our location was at Washburn Community School in Granger County. We worked closely with the Johnson Chapel Church and their on-fire pastor, Greg Hurst. Along with volunteers from Compassion Ministries, Johnson Chapel brought along 54 helpers with lots of Energy. Principle Ginny McElhaney, people from the local community, and others from around Cornerstone Church came together with us to feed the hungry of this community. We provided food for over 273 families and served a total of 887 people.
Besides feeding the hungry, we worked with Pastor Hurst and his congregation was to teach/lead them in how to conduct a mobile food pantry. Their hearts are burdened for their community’s hungry and they want to begin their own pantries. Here are some photos of the pantry. It was a blessing to all the workers and most assuredly to those who received the food.
Southeast Bank of Farragut
is continuing sponsoring our feeding the children ministry (Backpack Program)! Thank you!