Manley Baptist to hand out food boxes Saturday

If one needs food, then mark Saturday on the calendar.

The once-quarterly food box distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Manley Baptist Church, located on West Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown.

Food is provided by Second Harvest Food Bank and the event will be a drive-through

“What happened was that we wanted to do something for the community,” Pastor Tony Buchanan said. “Once we talked it over with Second Harvest, it seemed like a good match.”

Manley Baptist has provided the boxes one Saturday a quarter since the pandemic started. Marla Seals learned of Second Harvest through word of mouth.

“I knew that they were involved in Cocke County,” Seals said. “I contacted Jennifer at Second Harvest in Maryville, who said they didn’t have a Second Harvest representative in Hamblen County, so we partnered with them.”

Second Harvest sends 300 boxes of food with all the food groups represented.

“A typical box includes rice, mashed potatoes, corn meal, canned goods, pasta, cereal, sometimes canned meat or fresh meat,” Seals said. “Sometimes we have fruits and vegetables if available.”

Those who are shut-in or do not have transportation are eligible for the boxes as well. Those knowing of one who needs a food box should text Sonya Moore at 828-335-2310. The text should include the name of the shut-in person and how many people live in their house. A crew of people will take boxes to these addresses. Moore’s number is a good contact number if delivery drivers cannot find a residence.

For more information, contact Marla Seals at 423-748-2813 or the church at 423-586-8665.