P2 Food Bank

While the Sumner County Food Bank had a great turnout for the April food give away, at least 150 families had to be turned away. FILE

Due to the generosity from citizens across Sumner County, the Sumner County Food Bank announced they were able to give away 50,000 pounds of food on April 21 to feed 500 families. 

The 100 pounds of food distributed to each family will feed them three-meals-a-day for the next month. 

Despite the hundreds served, nearly 150 families were turned away due to a lack of food provided and bought from the Food Bank. 

“We did all we could do,” Sumner County Food Bank Executive Director James Gill said. “I just hate the thought of kids going hungry, but right now, we are not getting any donations from local stores, and to be quite honest, I am not sure what we are going to do for the next several months.”

In order to buy 50,000 pounds of food from Second Harvest in Nashville, the Food Bank needs a little over $18,000. 

“We will do all that we can, but there is a limit to what we can do,” Gill added. “I know supporters are thinking to themselves, ‘I know they are not asking for more,’ but we have no other choice than to rely on them.”

Gill says that times are hard right now but adds that he knows things will be okay.

“I just want to thank everyone for their help,” he added. “It is heartbreaking not to be able to feed everyone, but we are very thankful for the help we did get.

“We are taking everything we can get. For the first three weeks, we will take only non-perishables, but the last week of the month, we can store them (perishables).”

The next food giveaway will happen on May 19, and Gill says that he is very concerned there will be more than 800 families that come looking for food. 

“We look forward to seeing what the next few months look like,” he added. “We start giving away food at 7 a.m., and it is first come first served. One thing about this (pandemic) is I have seen the very best out of our community.”

If you would like to donate food or money to the Sumner County Food Bank, you can reach James Gill on the phone at 615-504-6182 or visit their website at sumnercountyfoodbankgallatin.com.

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