GALLATIN, Tenn.- There has been news lately of the economy improving; more homes being sold, and more jobs being created, but in one local county, a charitable group says just the opposite is true.
The unemployment rate in Sumner County increased by a mere .1 percent recently, and while that may seem like a minimal change, one food bank says it is stretching their resources like never before.
When Pastor James Gill started the Sumner County food pantry four years ago, he gave away 50 boxes.
Last week, volunteers handed out almost 600.
"We had people lining up at 10:30 at night for a Tuesday morning opening," explained Gill.
Families wrapped around the building for hours. Many of them were asking for food for the first time.
"We are getting people in now, the professional people, the construction trade. It's really hard. They are embarrassed by being here," explained the pastor. "We try to waylay that and tell them ‘We are honored that we can help you.'"
But this month, the Sumner County Food Bank might not be able to help anyone during its monthly food giveaway.
"We've just come to a point where we are really in a crisis mode, and it'll take a miracle," said Gill.
The shelves are bare. The freezers are empty, and hope is dwindling by the day that they'll get what they need to keep families fed.
"For these people coming and lining up and waiting six, seven, eight hours for me to walk out and tell them we don't have any food. But I've had to do that, and this month, this coming month, the 21st of August without something short of a miracle, I am going to have to do that," said Gill.
The food bank has received a recent shipment of cereal, coffee and diapers that they just received this week. But as of right now, that is all they have before their next giveaway on August 21st. The Sumner County Food Bank is pleading with the community to dig deep and make a donation for these families who can't get by without a little assistance.