Record numbers seek help from Sumner County Food Bank - WKRN News 2

Record numbers seek help from Sumner County Food Bank

Posted: Updated: Aug 21, 2012 05:34 PM

The Sumner County Food Bank is reporting record numbers of people seeking help each month.

Executive Director James Gill says when he arrived to the food bank prior to a food giveaway Tuesday morning, he found people in need of assistance camping out.

"The first families got here at 8:30 last night," he said. "They were asleep out front in sleeping bags and under blankets."

Gill added, "It blew me away. To me it shows the desperation and the need of people needing help."

Single mother Kelli Wilson was among those who spent more than 12 hours in line at the food bank.

"I'm a single parent of three," she said. "Two of my kids live at home with me."

Wilson told Nashville's News 2 it is challenge providing food for her family since she lost her job earlier this year.

"I lost my job, my full time job four months ago. [I was] making almost $15 an hour," she said, adding, "Now I'm working part time, getting 20 hours a week, making $7.25 an hour."

According to Gill, 35 to 40 new families come to the food bank each month in need of assistance.

Gill told Nashville's News 2 at his first food giveaway four years ago he helped hand out 951 pounds of food. Now he helps giveaway between 35,000 to 50,000 pounds per month.

Despite a long summer, Gill said donations are beginning to increase.

"In the last three weeks it's been an amazing thing to see the response of folks of Sumner County, Davidson, Robertson, Clay [counties].  People from all around, they've seen the need," he said.

For more information on how to donate to the Sumner County Food Bank, visit their Web site.

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