Compassion Pantry is an on-site food ministry which operates at Cornerstone Church of God and serves the people of our community with supplemental food. The pantry is open every other Thursday. See the calendar on the home page for exact dates.
Our local pantry has temporarily changed from inside to drive though from 3:00 PM EDT until 4:30 PM due to virus concerns.
On Monday, 1 Apr 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.
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