More than 200 families lined up Friday morning to receive an emergency food box from Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro.
The food giveaway was provided through the organization's mobile food pantry. The pantry has become a staple for many families in need.
Each box of food contained mostly non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, cereal, as well as canned fruits, vegetables and meats.
Several recipients told Nashville's News 2 of the struggle to pay bills and take care of families.
“Social security doesn't go very far,” said Linda Polsgrove. “My husband and I have had a lot of medical issues, so we have to decide if it's food or medicine.”
“These days and times, everybody can use a little help,” Dorothy Owens added. “I'm disabled and I have a lot of grandchildren, so I really appreciate it.”
Several volunteers from Best Buy and Middle Tennessee State University were on hand to help with Friday's food distribution.
“That's the purpose of our sororities and organizations, to serve,” said MTSU Freshman Britney Allison. Her Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters were among the volunteers.
“It's always great to give back,” she said. “If you have something, then you should want to give back to the community, people less fortunate, or just people in need.”
The mobile food pantry operates once a month under Greenhouse Ministries.
The community-based organization offers multiple services to help those underserved in the Murfreesboro area.
A mobile food pantry is scheduled for October 19 and November 16.
Greenhouse Ministries will begin accepting turkey donations on November 15 for families receiving an emergency food box prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
For more information on services offered by Greenhouse Ministries, visit their Web site.