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Kids of the Community distributes free food
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Kids of the Community partnered with Helping Hands Ministries on Saturday to hand out 300 food baskets to anyone who asked. Kids of the Community representative Barry Dishman estimated at least 400 people were waiting in line Saturday morning, some remaining after they had been told all food had been distributed.
Helping Hands Ministry works through Second Harvest to purchase the food, but community support with donations and volunteering is necessary for the organization to continue activities.
Heather Luttrell with Kids of the Community said, “McMinnville has been targeted as a major city in Tennessee that doesn’t receive enough assistance. We are working with Second Harvest Food Bank which received an anonymous $2,500 donation to go toward a mobile food bank in Warren County. We help feed kids because if they are hungry they will not do good in school. We want them to do good in school and to be healthy.”
Volunteer Cindy Gilbert said, “I am doing this to help people who need food. We have many low-income families in our community. I also enjoy helping kids and people in our community who are struggling. I love working with kids. I try to volunteer quite a lot with Kids of the Community.”
Tammy Comfort, with Helping Hands Ministries, said her organization has given out 1,500 boxes of food during various mobile food giveaways this year. She also said the organization uses income guidelines set by Second Harvest to determine which individuals receive a box of food during their monthly distributions. The food giveaway in conjunction with KOC was for anyone who showed up on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Attendees were given a shopping cart upon entrance to the warehouse as it was needed for the large amount of groceries available to each participant, including canned goods like vegetables, spaghetti and tuna, fresh fruits such as strawberries, apples, bananas and oranges, eggs, bread, cakes, pies, peanut butter, cereal, yogurt, cheese, bagged salads, potatoes and tea.
“We have healthy foods here today,” said Dishman. “Everyone will get good, healthy food to take home with them. We had a 63-foot semi truck load of food to give away. That included 2,100 pounds of potatoes. ”
For more information or to volunteer with Kids of the Community, call 474-5437.
For more information about Helping Hands Ministry, how to register for the monthly food distributions, or to sponsor a food giveaway, call 815-9070. The ministry works out of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Donations can be mailed to 8968 Harrison Ferry Road, McMinnville, TN 37110.