Sevier County Food Ministries expecting to serve record numbers

Sevier County Food Ministries expecting to serve record numbers by Friday

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Sevier County Food Ministries is expecting to serve a record number of families in the next two days, but next week doors will be closed for the holidays. Sevier County Food Ministries is expecting to serve a record number of families in the next two days, but next week doors will be closed for the holidays.
Staff says donations have been flooding into the facility for months now, and volunteers are prepared to help feed anyone who may need help this time of year. Staff says donations have been flooding into the facility for months now, and volunteers are prepared to help feed anyone who may need help this time of year.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A familiar phrase this time of year is that it's the season of giving. A food ministry in Sevier County is making sure families living on a tight budget don't have to give up anything to put Christmas dinner on the table.

Sevier County Food Ministries is expecting to serve a record number of families in the next two days, but next week doors will be closed for the holidays.

Staff says donations have been flooding into the facility for months now, and volunteers are prepared to help feed anyone who may need help this time of year.

Christopher Wilson has his hands full this Christmas, not just with bags of groceries, but with four kids all under five years old.

"It can be a little overwhelming when you're trying to get food and gifts," he said.

That's why he stopped at Sevier County Food Ministries Thursday. Wilson says these donations help make Christmas possible for his family.

"It's a lot of help. It relieves a lot of stress," he said.

So far this week, Sevier County Food Ministries has served 1,300 families, but the facility is expecting that number to jump to 2,200 by the end of the week.

"By Friday, that will be the most we've ever done in a week," said Jim Davis with the food ministry.

One of the reasons may be recent cuts to SNAP, commonly known as food stamps.

"Things have been so rough this year that I don't really have money to spend on Christmas," said Pam McDowell also picking up groceries.

Thursday's bags are stuffed with a six-pound chicken, potatoes, and everyday staples. However, volunteers made sure to add in extra food.

"We put some rice and dry beans in there to help them through next week. We're going to close down, re-evaluate where we are, and try to fill our warehouse up again," said Davis.

While briefly closing is worrisome, the facility hopes the bags will be enough food to fill in the gap for families with kids home from school.

"With it just being us four we get enough to last us for everybody," said Shana Standifer.

Staff says anyone from the region needing help this Christmas is welcome to come by and pick up a bag of groceries at 890 Old Knoxville Hwy in Sevierville.

You can also find their hours by clicking here.

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