The nonprofit organization Journey of Hope is in need of donations comprising food items packed full of protein, including peanut butter, chicken noodle soup and small cans of tuna.
The Middle Tennessee group is also accepting canned goods, clothes, and household items and cleaning supplies.
The donations will be used to assist three first-grade teachers at Christiana Elementary School who pack at least 40 backpacks, which they call “love bags,” filled with food for students in need. Those bags are distributed on a weekly basis. Volunteers are always needed to sort donations and hand out food boxes.
Journey of Hope is a ministry of Midland Baptist Church, located near the Rutherford County line between Christiana and Bell Buckle.
Since 2009, Rev. Doug Mitchell and his wife, Kay Mitchell, have been working to improve the lives of their neighbors in this rural community.
They started with a food ministry, which now receives donations from Feed America First, Second Harvest Food Bank, Lewis Bread Co. and Feed The Children.
Today, they provide food boxes for more than 400 families on a regular basis.
As many as 60 volunteer help distribute mostly perishable foods that are not available at other food banks each Friday from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon to people struggling to feed their families.
Families are asked to take what is needed, but please be sure need what is taken.
For more information about Journey of Hope, located at 3109 Midland Fosterville Road in Bell Buckle, or to inquire about donating items, call 615-713-0572.