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Sumner County Food Bank Moving To New Building

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by Emily Luxen

GALLATIN, Tenn. -The Sumner County Food Bank moves into a new location in two weeks, and volunteers are working around the clock to get the building ready.

The new location is a former tile and marble company, and is located at 1021 Woods Ferry Road in Gallatin.  The building features 12,000 square feet, but needed some renovations.

"Our carpenters have been working here, electricians, plumbers, sometimes until 10 or 11 at night," said James Gill, Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church of Gallatin and Executive Director of the Sumner County Food Bank.

Gill said the new building will provide ample room for storing food, and serving clients, and additional space for storing equipment.  The facility dwarfs the current 1,600 square foot building where the food bank is housed.

Gill said he has watched as the number of people attending monthly food giveaways has increased, and the extra space will ensure people in need can get help.

"It's not a good thing to say we are growing, but last month we had 47 new families," said Gill. "We want every family in Sumner County to have at least one hot meal a day."

Gill is grateful for volunteers who have helped with construction, and people who have helped provide supplies at discounted prices.  He believes the end result will be an important resource for the community.

"We ‘re excited," said Gill.  "I think we are in the perfect position to help Sumner County people."

The new Sumner County Food Bank is scheduled to open Sept. 6, before the September food giveaway on the Sept. 17.  The opening is also in conjunction with National Hunger Awareness Month.

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