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Sumner Co. Food Bank Hopes To Feed 600+ Families

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by Adam Ghassemi

GALLATIN, Tenn. – A truck stocked with food made a last-minute delivery. It's something many volunteers were worried they may never see.

"Recipients will love this," said David Stewart as he helped unload the truck Monday.

The delivery was one of many donations that are making shelves quickly go from bare to being fully stocked.

"It looks like a dump truck dumped in here," joked volunteer Jeannetta Springman.

A few weeks ago the Sumner County Food Bank barely had anything to give. Now there's so much they may not have to turn anyone away during a monthly food give away planned for Tuesday.

Pastor James Gill says donations came from people and groups across the mid-state, including Second Harvest Food Bank that made a huge donation.

"In the past three weeks a fabulous thing has taken place," Gill said.

The surge means they could feed 600 hungry families. That's more than they did last month. "It increases between 25 and 40 every month," said Gill.

It's the latest part of a year and a half long trend the pastor doesn't see stopping.

"I'm not a politician. I don't know when this will end. But from what I see we're a long way from that point," Gill said.

What started out as assistance for mostly low-income families quickly flipped with the recession and then flipped again. "Your electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, foundation people, but now we have professional people that are coming in," Gill explained.

It doesn't matter who shows up at their door Tuesday. They'll do what they can to feed them this month and next.

"They can be completely bare and we can just say well the Lord will provide," Springman said.

No matter how close they come to it not happening. "He always does," she said. "I trust he always will."

People are expected to start lining up Monday around 10:30 p.m., but won't be able to get food boxes until Tuesday at 9 a.m. Those picking up food will need an ID or utility bill to prove they live in Sumner County.

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