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Food charities shut down due to weather

Posted at 6:56 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 21:32:07-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Some food charities in Middle Tennessee were forced to shut down due to the ice and cold weather this week.

Project Connect Nashville, a group that's helped residents in North Nashville post tornado, closed their doors for several days. The winter weather prevented employees from reaching their Knowles Street office. Their food truck also was unable to make it for their weekly hot meal deliveries.

"They can come here every day and get food," said Quanita Thomas. "So, there is people that rely on us for that."

Tuesdays through Fridays the site was giving out meals to local residents. Many of them are disabled or jobless due to COVID. The area has struggled since early 2020.

"Some people couldn't get food," said Thomas. "So, we were the source, the resource center, the storehouse as we call it where they came and get what they needed here."

Thomas was back at the storage house Wednesday morning to hand out canned goods and other non-perishables to people who still need aid.

The streets were still heavily covered with snow and ice. Sidewalks around the building like hard glass because of the weather.

"The truck couldn't get here. So, I came by to see if somebody might need some cleaning supplies or some resources or whatever," said Thomas.

She said she hopes the truck can get there either Thursday or Friday. The area is many blocks away from the nearest grocery store.

Other food charities also closed their doors. FiftyForward also stopped their meals on wheels program. However, at the end of last week, they took bags of groceries to help people make it through the storms. They're also looking for ways to get more aid to the people they help.