Members of First Baptist of Mt. Juliet delivered 12,500 cans of donated food to Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry in Lebanon, just in time for this month’s giveaway Saturday scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
“We really appreciate this wonderful outpouring of love from these great folks who have been faithful to the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me,’” said Bro. Bob Evans, founder of Joseph’s Storehouse. “And according to the April 20, 2014 edition of USA Today, there are over 49 million who are hungry in America. In 32 counties, and mostly in the South, one in five residents do not have enough food.
“We have many truckloads of food that are available to us but we are needing more financial partners to help us bring it so we can give it away,” Evans said. “We also have a lot of requests for food from single mothers with young children and we are so grateful for our faithful supporters so we don’t have to turn them away.”
Evans said most people don’t realize how much it costs to keep the refrigerators and freezers running; the expense of fueling the trucks; and the monthly maintenance on 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,” Evans said. According to Evans, donations can be mailed to Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry at 1960 S.E. Tater Peeler Rd. in Lebanon.
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.
Evans said volunteers are also needed and encouraged to help and they should arrive between 8 and 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 that everyone will have something to do.