250 families receive food, clothing, school supplies through pantry partnership

250 families receive food, clothing, school supplies through pantry partnership


LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 12, 2015) -- Central United Methodist Church in Lenoir City held a mobile pantry distribution on Aug. 1 in partnership with First Farragut United Methodist Church, and more than 250 families received food provided by Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

Also as part of the event, about 400 children received gently used clothing from Wesley’s Attic, a ministry of First Farragut UMC. More than 330 school-supply kits were also distributed.

“My sister brought me since I don’t have a car,” Lenoir City resident Jackie Heape said. “I’m so thankful for this opportunity to get this food. God supplies my needs and not my wants. I needed this food.”

Bob and Betty White, who coordinate the food portion of the mobile pantry, said volunteers take up cards each time the church holds a food giveaway and adds benefactor information into a database. The information assists volunteers in mailing cards and sending emails to prospective families who may be in need of assistance.