Volume 51, Number 29

eighteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pickett Food Bank serves families in our community

Pickett Food Bank serves families in our communityFamily Resource Center
Director
Throughout the year, the Food Bank provides emergency food to families in need within Pickett County. There are many reasons that families make visits to the Food Bank, but at the end of the day our mission is still the same: to serve the families within our community.
This year we served approximately 140 families by providing emergency food packages, during the holidays another 150 families were served.
Special food packages are packed with love, and delivered by charitable hands to help families get through the holiday season.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation to all of those who make the holiday food packages possible. Hours are spent collecting, sorting, and stocking the shelves with food, and thanks to our gracious community all of that is possible.
The Pickett County K-8 pulls hosts an annual food drive during the beginning of the school year. This year the students collected 2,871 items, with the 6th grade leading the competition by collecting 602 items. We appreciate the support shown by the K-8 administration, teachers, staff and students.
Our local churches are also a major system of support. I would like to say a special thank you to the following churches for their contributions: Bloomington Christian Church, Byrdstown First Christian Church, Byrdstown First United Methodist Church, Etter Baptist Church, Lovelady Christian Church, Smyrna Church, and William’s Chapel.
I greatly appreciate the Family Resource Center’s advisory council and their efforts to pull this off; Emily Sells, Becky Matheny, and Louis Davis, we couldn’t do this without you! Nor could we succeed without the support of our volunteers, who help deliver the food packages.
Finally, I want to express my gratitude to the DAV Hull-York Chapter 5 and Commander Glenn Williams for the items donated by the chapter, use of their van, and their time.
Other Food Bank news from 2011:
Donation from Louise Little, Grace Cummings, Geraldine Deevcon and Jennie Crevison in memory of Gearlie “Buddy” Byrd.
Donation by Byrdstown Senior Center in honor of Leta West, sister of Jennie Groce.
Donation by Dollar General, items were collected by the local store during a food drive.
The Food Bank looks to have another successful year, and as always we look forward to serving our community. During the school year we are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., please call for hours during breaks and on holidays. Contact the Food Bank office at 864-6940 or the Central Office at 864-3123. Remember, we accept items year round; you can make a difference!

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