Our next Local Food Pantry
Thursday, July 9th at Cornerstone Church
in Farragut. It will a drive though from 3:00 PM EDT until 4:30 PM.
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!