State Farm agents donate to Food on Foot

The Morristown-area State Farm Insurance agents presented Food on Foot of Tennessee $3,500 with which to feed the hungry in the Lakeway Area this summer. Pictured with some of the food bags packed are from left: Zach Coffey, Jason Kraft, Food on Foot Founder and President Carolyn Jarnigan, Bob Jarnigan, Sarah Johnson, Jim Pope, Kim Ottinger and Cameron Felty.

As Food on Foot was approaching its period of highest demand, six Morristown State Farm insurance agents wrote checks totaling $3,500 to support the agency that’s provided several thousands of meals to Hamblen County students and seniors.

“Food on Foot stood out to us personally,” said Zach Coffey, one of the insurance agents. “All of us have customers who are hurting. They have kids in the school system. They’re providing meals for lots of families. That’s why we chose Food on Foot. We wanted to help a great organization that has been providing food for families during the coronavirus epidemic.

“We understand times are tough. We wanted to help a great organization provide for the families who are hurting in our area.”

The other State Farm agents who pitched in are Jason Craft, Cameron Felty, Sarah Johnson, Kim Ottinger and Jim Pope

The Hamblen County school system feeding program, which had been providing approximately 8,000 meals per day, halted on May 20, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-sponsored program does not resume until June 1.

Food on Foot distributed food bags on Wednesday, and will have another distribution day on Saturday.

Carolyn Jarnagin, agency founder and president, says one of the insurance agents shared privately that he benefitted from free breakfasts and lunches as a child.

“It tickled him to death to be able to give,” Jarnagin said. “They said they all wanted to do something. Instead of giving to different charities, they wanted to be united.”

Jarnagin says Food on Foot recently received a $5,000 donation from a Morristown business whose management wanted to remain anonymous.

Those wanting to contribute to Food on Foot may direct donations to Food on Foot; PO box 2129; Morristown; 37816.