Nearly 180 families receive grocery donations

Posted at 1:09 PM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 14:09:01-04

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nearly 180 families will have food in their home pantries this weekend after receiving grocery items during Saturday's Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry event in Hermitage.

Newschannel5 and New Garden Church co-sponsored the event held at Dupont Tyler Middle Prep.

Families waited in line just before 7:00 am to receive donations provided by Second Harvest Food Pantry.

In 2018, Second Harvest Food Bank put on 300 mobile food pantry events throughout 45 counties in Middle Tennessee.

Cynthia Watkins said today's event will help feed her and her husband.

"I applied for SNAP and I was denied and my husband is retired and I'm disabled and we needed some help and I just thank God for you all and for the Second Harvest Food Bank being a blessing to so many people. We were in the line at 7:45 and it wasn't a long wait. I was thinking I should have been here at 6 o'clock but we did great," Watkins said.

The mobile food bank was created to reach families in rural communities who have limited access to proper nutrition. A total of 178 families came through the line which was close to 629 family members represented.

New Garden Church meets on Sundays at Dupont Tyler Middle Prep.