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First Baptist makes huge deposit at Food Bank
Warren County Emergency Food Bank received 3,800 food items from First Baptist Church. The congregation holds a church-wide effort annually to support the Food Bank. Pictured, from left, are First Baptist Church pastor Jeff Owens, Darren Wiser, Carlos Hernandez, Jeff Womack and Preston Greer.

First Baptist Church has donated 3,800 nonperishable food items to the Warren County Emergency Food Bank.
“We really appreciate this donation,” said Warren County Emergency Food Bank president Lester Cowell. “It helps us out until the McMinnville Postal Service holds its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive over Mother’s Day weekend. We appreciate the community’s support in eliminating hunger and encouraging volunteerism.”
According to First Baptist Church member Preston Greer, the food was collected during the church’s Souper Bowl food drive.
“We have a church-wide food collection and a Sunday School Class competition,” said Greer. “We count it by units on which Sunday School Class can bring in the most pieces per class. We started doing this a few years ago and we’ve continued it. I think we are up over a third more from last year. It has been a blessing for the church and for the organization.”
It really is better to give than to receive, says Greer.
“This is such a good organization and I’m really impressed with how organized this Food Bank is. It’s a mission from the church to do our part. This is rewarding to help, but we aren’t doing it for the reward. It’s an open-heart giving. I’ve learned in mission work that you don’t do anything for the rewards. I don’t know why it’s so rewarding, but it is. You don’t do it for the reward, but it is rewarding. It’s an oxymoron.”
The church also donated $1,400 for any perishable food items needed.
Warren County Emergency Food Bank works through a voucher program with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency located at the Warren County Administrative Building on Locust Street. For more information or how to obtain a voucher, call 473-6652.
The Food Bank is located at 314 W. Morford Street. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.