First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet members recently brought 2,000 cans of donated food to the Joseph’s Storehouse food ministry in Lebanon to help feed hungry families in Wilson County.
“We really appreciate this wonderful outpouring of love from these fine folks who have gone out of their way to help the less fortunate in our area,” said Bob Evans, founder of Joseph’s Storehouse. “This bitter cold winter has really increased the number of people coming to us each month for help. And according to the Upper Cumberland Development District Aging and Disability program, Tennessee ranks second in the nation in hunger among senior citizens.
“We have lots of truckloads of food which are donated to us but we are needing more partners to help us financially to bring it into the warehouse to give it away. We are presently serving only Wilson County at this time but we are receiving more calls for food from surrounding counties. We also have lots of requests for food from single mothers with young children and we are so grateful for our financial partners who support us every month so don’t have to turn them away.”
This month’s giveaway will be Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. New applicants are required to present two forms of identification – one must have a picture such as a driver’s license – and they must also bring proof of a Wilson County address, such as an electric bill or water bill, and proof of their total household income, such as a pay stub or bank statement.
“We have just completed our 10,000 square-feet addition to our warehouse and will soon be able to help even more of our citizens in need,” Evans said. “Most people do not realize how much it costs to keep the refrigerators and freezers running; the expense of fueling the trucks; and the monthly maintenance on our vehicles and facilities. We can bring in a whole semi-truckload of food for $1,900, which is easily done if 19 people will each give $100, or 38 people will each give $50. Donations can be mailed to Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry at 1960 S.E. Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon, TN 37090.”
Volunteers are also needed and encouraged to help. They should arrive between 8-8:30 a.m. If groups of more than six are planning to attend, they must call the office at 615-453-5777 or register online at joestorehouse.com in order to participate so everyone will have something to do.