In the four years since the Sumner County Food Bank opened, it has grown tremendously.
It started as a ministry by Liberty Baptist Church in Gallatin and has become the main source of food for hundreds of residents in Sumner County.
Pastor James Gill said that they gave away 951 pounds of food during the first month they opened in 2008. This month they will have given away over 500,000 pounds.
“There's such a feeling of uncertainty and fear, they just don't know what they're going to do,” he said. “And that's why we're here to try to get over that… we can't get them over it. I don't know how long it will last. I don't see the end of it.”
Many of the recipients who picked up a box of food on Tuesday told Nashville's News 2 that their social security checks were cut by as much as $30 per week this year, and that their food stamps have been cut as well.
Pastor Gill added that while the demand for food is high, donations tend to decline after New Year's Day.
“It's not that people don't want to give; they're just thinking of so many other things,” he said.
As soon as the last box is loaded into a car, they start gathering food and donations for the next month.
The Sumner County Food Bank will be distributing boxes again on March 19.
- Sept. 12, 2012: Food drive, yard sale to benefit Sumner County Food Bank
- August 21, 2012: Record numbers seek help from Sumner County Food Bank
- July 29, 2012: Sumner County Food Bank seeks donations