Rutherford County food pantry bounces back after being vandalized

Food pantry vandalized

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Good Friday has a double meaning for the Journey of Hope food pantry in Rutherford County. It’s the start of the Easter holiday, but it is also good because the doors are open to feed families.

On Sunday night, someone vandalized the food pantry, causing $60,000 in damages. A few days later, police arrested Christopher Holden, 19, Christopher Warner, 21, and Alexander Burton, 20, for the crime.

Nora Philips, who has relied on the organization for four years, was devastated to hear about the vandalism.

Food pantry vandalized
Journey of Hope passed out food on Good Friday.

“When I seen it on the news, I broke down crying…right in front of the T.V. set. I couldn’t believe that these three gentlemen could do something like that to Journey of Hope,” she said.

Volunteers cleaned up the broken glass and reorganized the shelves so the organization could continue to provide food to families on Friday.

Several businesses also helped by donating 60,000 pounds of food, including fresh produce like butternut squash and carrots.

“Bananas, apples, oranges, all this kind of good stuff that comes in abundance, and gets thrown away. And here we’re able to help 550 to 600 families every week—over 2,000 people within those families. It’s amazing,” explained volunteer, Doug Mitchell.

The Journey of Hope food pantry is a ministry of Midland Baptist Church.

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