The founders of Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry, Bob and Peggy Evans, were recently recognized by the state of Tennessee with a House Joint Resolution for the significant contribution they have made since their ministry began in 1989.
The resolution was presented by state Sen. Mae Beavers and 46th District Rep. Mark Pody at the ministry’s location on Tater Peeler Rd. in Lebanon. It was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Beavers, Pody and District 57 Rep. Susan Lynn.
“[Bob] has taken something that was nothing more than him collecting food and passing it out not too many years ago to now literally serving thousands of people,” Pody said.
The food ministry started in 1999 with just 22 boxes given away to local families and today it has grown to provide over $100,000 worth of food, toiletries and household items monthly to an average of 500 Wilson County families per month.
The food program targets the low-income, disabled, elderly, and single parents in addition to providing assistance to other nonprofit agencies.
An open house was also held at their new 10,000-square-foot warehouse which will enable the ministry to store additional food on-site and reduce the need to rent space at other locations around town.
Food requests have been mostly limited to Wilson County residents, but Bob Evans hopes the warehouse will enable Joseph’s Storehouse to accept more food so it can “feed more people from other counties,” he said.
City of Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Rachel Warren, who represented Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto’s office, were also in attendance and presented Bob with a special proclamation designating June 28, 2014 as “Brother Bob Evans Day” for his service to the community.
“Sister Peggy and I so much appreciate this special recognition but we want to give all the praise to the Lord and also thank our faithful volunteers and financial partners who have helped us over all these years,” Evans said. “We are excited to begin using our new storage facility however, we still need $24,000 to finish the concrete drive for the tractor-trailer trucks to be able to deliver the food. If 24 of our friends will each give $1,000, or if 48 will each give $500, we will be able to reach our goal. Donations can be mailed to Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry at 1960 S.E. Tater Peeler Rd. in Lebanon, TN 37090.”