Food on Foot lived up to its name of providing food for families, Saturday.
Around 11:30 a.m., the ministry began handing out food for 300 Thanksgiving dinners for this week. Food included a turkey, a crate of boxed food, cereals and more, plus a gallon of milk.
“It was a beautiful day that The Lord brought together,” Food on Foot Founder/President Carolyn Jarnagin said. “He brought us together as one spirit. We may be from different places, but we have one thing in common. We all love the poor people.”
“We only had 276 boxes,” “A box was found that had four meals in the freezer, so that made it 280.”
Among those who volunteers were volunteers from Trinity United Methodist Church in Morristown and Crossroads Church in Greeneville.
James Smith of Crossroads Church volunteered for Food on Foot for the first time.
“I came with a good friend of mine who goes to church at Crossroads, and his dad,” Smith said. “It’s been an awesome experience. It is evident that (Food on Foot) helps a lot of people.”
At the beginning of the giveaway, traffic was lined up from Liberty Hill Road to the Food on Foot facility at 1 Berkline Drive. An overflow parking lot was utilized to help with traffic. The event ended around 1:15 p.m.
When the turkey boxes ran out, Food on Foot had a Plan B. Thanks to Food City on Morris Boulevard, the store sent 40 of the $10 bags purchased by customers to help feed families when the Thanksgiving boxes ran out.
“They are really nice,” Jarnagin said. “Food City sells the ‘Friends in Need Food Drive’ bags. It’s wonderful. If we run out of all of that, we still have those to rely on. It’s just marvelous. The store tells me that people are so willing to pay this because the customers say they pass Food on Foot and see the lines of people needing help. It was a blessing to have those bags to fall back on.”
Food in those bags consist of macaroni and cheese, chicken noodle soup, chunk light tuna, pineapple tidbits, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, cut green beans, pinto beans instant oatmeal and quick oats. Food on Foot receives at least 40 bags from the store a week all the way through Christmas. Food City gives back, they have given back to the community for years.”