By the Foot: Food on Foot of Tennessee receives donations from Lions Club

Morristown-Hamblen Lions Club member Don McGinnis presents a check to Bobby Jarnagin, of Food on Foot and District Governor Millie Burke.

Food on Foot continues to feed the hungry in Hamblen County.

At Monday night’s Morristown-Hamblen Lions Club picnic, Food on Foot’s Bobby Jarnagin was presented two checks totaling $1,250 for use with summer food bags for students attending Hamblen County Schools, a direct effect of donations to the Lions Club International Foundation.

“About two to three years ago, the Lions Club International Foundation, our charitable arm,” Lions District Governor Millie Burke said. “Ron Ream, who is the district LCIF coordinator for the last 17 years, made us aware of this program that started three years ago.”

Every dollar that goes to LCIF goes to services, according to Burke. Every dollar donated in the Lions Club’s district goes into a pool.

“If the pool is over $10,000, LCIF puts 15% of that aside for us to use as a district,” Burke said. “Back in October, the council voted on this. Because of COVID-19 and so many folks having such difficulty doing the things they (usually) do.”

As a result of negotiations with LCIF, each club in the district was given $250 to donate to a cause. The Morristown-Hamblen Lions Club chose Food on Foot.

“Because hunger is one of our causes, LCIF wanted us to have a uniform cause across the district,” Burke said. “Each club has the option to give the money to a local food bank or to put on a project hunger-related.”

Don McGinnis also presented a $1,000 award to Food on Foot.

“Carolyn and Bobby Jarnagin do such a wonderful job with feeding our kids through the summer, weekends and all,” McGinnis said. “We’re just so delighted we were able to donate to their cause.”

Bobby Jarnagin, husband of Founder/President Carolyn Jarnagin, accepted the donation on her behalf.

“When this pandemic started, we didn’t know what it was going to entail for us,” Bobby Jarnagin said. “The schools stopped feeding the children. We were making 1,800 food bags a day to feed children. It about put us under. You don’t know how much this means to us. Every member here, bless your heart for it.”

Bobby Jarnagin had taken Carolyn to a doctor’s appointment Monday. When they stopped to get supplies in Knoxville, Carolyn was busy packing bags for the weekly food bags distributed through Hamblen County Schools.

To donate to Food on Foot, send a check to P. O. Box 2129, Morristown, TN 37816.