Many take it for granted a Thanksgiving Day feast will be on the table. But many people in Wilson County are struggling to put food on their tables every day and, without help, have little hope of celebrating the holiday with a table laden with food.
To help many of them, Joseph’s Storehouse, a ministry that provides Wilson County residents in need with food for their bodies and spiritual counseling for their souls, will have a food giveaway Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon to help Wilson County families in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday next week.
In order the make the turkey distribution a success, the ministry needs more turkeys. To get more turkeys, they need more money.
"We are hoping to purchase more than 400 turkeys to give away," said Brother Bob Evans, founder of Joseph's Storehouse. "We can buy turkeys for $8 to $10 each."
Food will be distributed to qualified Wilson County residents who can prove their residency and income with two forms of official documentation, such as a Social Security card, Tennessee driver's license and/or a U.S. or Tennessee government ID card; along with proof of income for the past six to 12 months; and a utility bill, such as an electricity or water bill. Upon approval by the Joseph's Storehouse staff, recipients will receive an ID card, which is valid for six months to receive food on an ongoing basis.
Joseph's Storehouse Food Ministry is at 1960 Southeast Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon. The storehouse, founded by Evans in 1996, gives away wheelbarrows of food at no charge to qualified Wilson County residents. Primary food distributions are held the last weekend of each month, except in November and December when it is on the weekend before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each family is evaluated on a case by case basis for situations including emergencies, job losses, health issues, lapses in government assistance and/or other unforeseen circumstances.
The storehouse is currently working to build a new warehouse for storage so more food donations can be accepted. Work is proceeding apace, but the ministry has a goal in mind.
"We are believing for $30,000 to pour the concrete floor before winter starts," Evans said. "We currently have food donated, but we don't have the space to store it."
Volunteers are needed and encouraged to help, but 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 to participate.
Staff writer Mary Hinds may be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 45 or firstname.lastname@example.org.