The supply of non-perishable food items at the Sumner County Food Bank is reaching a critical low while the need for assistance is growing and officials are reaching out for the community to help.
Pastor James Gill who runs the Sumner County food bank out of his Gallatin church explained that during a good month, the shelves would be packed from top to bottom, but currently the shelves remain empty.
Gill explained, "We're out of canned goods, pastas, peanut butters, jellies, we haven't had tuna for three months."
He said the food bank and its 86 volunteers pass out around 600 boxes of food to needy families every month and often have to turn people away.
"We will turn away 20-35 families a month. We just run out because the demand is so much greater than the supply right now," said Gill. "
Pastor Gill told Nashville's News 2, it's not unusual for donations to dwindle in the summer months, however, he said he can't recall a time when the shelves have been this empty.
"It's just a time of the year that families are so busy that they tend to forget, they just forget."
He said he hopes the community of Sumner County will help by making donations.
The church needs canned goods including beans, peas, and corn. They're also looking for peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, spaghetti, tomato sauce, and any another non-perishable foods.
"It's going to happen, I know it's going to happen, the people of Sumner County have never let us down," he continued, "I just want them to be aware that hunger's 12 months out of the year and not just holiday season[s]."
Another food giveaway is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 at the food bank at 450 West Main Street in Gallatin.