Mt. Caramel Baptist Church in desperate need of donations to keep feeding kids of essential workers

Posted at 2:38 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 22:08:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A North Nashville church that stepped up to take care of school aged kids of essential workers is in desperate need of supplies.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church feeds 25 kids a day breakfast, lunch and a snack. Bishop Marcus Campbell said the church recognized the need since so many of its members are essential workers.

"I had some parents come to me and say Bishop, I don't know what I'm going to do. If they don't have school, and the kids can't go to school, I'll probably lose my job. Just seeing the tears and the frustration of the parents. I said, I've got to do something to help these parents," said Campbell.

The church has been going since August 4, but is quickly running out of food supplies. The three room building has a kitchen. So, food is made fresh and volunteers help the kids learn as they go through virtual schooling.

"Some kids, that's the only food they have, when they're at school," said Campbell. "So, we want to make sure we're just like the school. We feed them so if they don't have nothing else, then we're there."

The church is social distancing the kids as well as requiring masks and sanitizing the building regularly. However, since they're doing this for free, they aren't able to maintain feeding all of those kids five times a week.

"I'm asking anyone who can give donations, whether it's supplies, toiletries, food supplies sanitizers, disinfectant sprays, you name it, we need it and if they don't go buy the product, to send some money out to the church to try to help us or go on the website," said Campbell.

The church is accepting donations at the building. However, people can also donate via one of their program websites,

Bishop Campbell is also taking monetary donations via CashApp. His profile can be found at $BishopCampbell.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church was hit hard this year. The building's roof was damaged by a tornado in early March. Also, donations in general have been down due to coronavirus precautions shutting down the church.