Second Harvest Food Bank takes Mobile Pantry to underserved counties
A worker loads food onto a truck bound for Claiborne County.
"Together they are going to take an entire tractor trailer load of food, load it up today, and then deliver it to Claiborne County tomorrow where it will be distributed to about 300 people," said John Bell with Second Harvest.
MARYVILLE (WATE) - Second Harvest loads up trucks with food and sends them out into East Tennessee throughout the week, but now they are sending them a little further.
"We serve 18 counties and in some counties we do a better job of feeding the hungry than in other counties," said Second Harvest Development Director John Bell. "Knox County for example, we move a lot of food into just because we have so many partners in those counties. So many nonprofits that are feeding people actively."
The food bank is now partnering with several local nonprofits to develop a new program that will take mobile pantries into some of those under-served counties. Its first partner is Cornerstone Church in West Knoxville along with some help from United Healthcare.
"Together they are going to take an entire tractor trailer load of food, load it up today, and then deliver it to Claiborne County tomorrow where it will be distributed to about 300 people," said Bell.
Volunteers from the church will help distribute the 15,000 pounds of food into bags that will be handed out to families in need.
"It's very encouraging to me to see people move outside the walls of the church and really address people at their points of need, not just in a matter of giving food away but demonstrating the gospel really," said Cornerstone Pastor Steve McCullar.
Cornerstone isn't the only one stepping up. Second Harvest says they have three mobile pantries a week scheduled for the next year.
The mobile pantry will be set up Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Clairfield Elementary School. It's open to all residents needing assistance in that area.