Goolsby’s Country Sausage made a donation of $2,000 to FUEL, a program that provides food for school children to eat on weekends.
“We are most thankful for such a generous donation from the Goolsby family,” said FUEL organizer David Lescarini. “This donation covers nearly the entire yearly cost of the food for Breakfast Rotary’s FUEL program. Thanks to this donation, 30 children at West Elementary will not go hungry each weekend during the school year.”
James Goolsby grew up on a farm in Viola where he cured country hams and shoulders and made sausage with his family. He founded Goolsby’s Sausage Company in 1981 and worked to develop a recipe that tasted like the country sausage his family once made. It took several years and lots of taste testing but he finally found the recipe with just the right flavor and texture for a true country sausage.
Goolsby’s Country Sausage, now a product of James’ Meat Company, is manufactured in Cookeville and can be found in grocery stores in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana.
Looking for an opportunity to help the children of Warren County, James and his wife Donna chose the FUEL backpack program after finding out more about the program from Breakfast Rotary president Leann Cordell.
The program provides ready-to-eat food items such as cereal bars, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, pudding, applesauce and cookies to the children of low-income families. Prior to the student leaving school on Friday, the bags are placed into their backpacks.
“When talking with Leann and finding out more about the program, we knew this was what we wanted to do,” said Mandy Byars, office manager for Goolsby’s Sausage.