Food pantry gives to Maury County families in need - WKRN News 2

Food pantry gives to Maury County families in need

Posted: Updated: Dec 22, 2012 07:45 PM
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

Around 100 volunteers from the Well, a food pantry in Spring Hill, set up a mobile food pantry Friday morning in the parking lot of Spring Hill High School.

The Well sets up a mobile food pantry twice a year, allowing the pantry to serve more people.

According to Judy Webb, the Well's executive director, the pantry sees about 15 people a day, on average.  In just a few hours on Friday morning, volunteers provided food to over 150 families.

The food drive was open to anyone in need.

Webb told Nashville's News 2 she spoke with a lot of people currently out of work in line.

"We also have a lot of people who are elderly [and] lots of grandparents who are raising their grandkids," she added.

The Well is supported by donations and food drives.  According to Webb, close to 90% of the food they give is collected at local food drives.

"We are always open to donations of money, food and time, if people want to volunteer," she said.

Volunteer Kristen Reed brought most of her family to volunteer Friday morning, including her parents, who are in town for the holidays from Florida.
 
"They needed volunteers and we wanted to do our part," Reed said.  "I brought my kids out, brought my parents out [and] brought my sister-in-law [out]."

Reed was thankful for the opportunity to give back to the community as a family.

"I think it is important to give back during Christmas," she said.  "I really think that is what Christmas is about and this holiday season is sharing, not just sharing gifts and commercial things but sharing yourself [and] sharing to those who really need help."

Lillie Anderson is one of those people.  She lives on a fixed income.

"We needed food. I wouldn't come out here if I didn't really need it but I need it so we are out here in the cold," Anderson said.

Dr. Terrah Larrabee from Spring Hill Smiles also braved the cold wind to volunteer with her office staff. 

"We made it our motto to give back to our community, work in our community and serve our community," Larrabee said.

Friday's mobile food pantry was sponsored by United Health Care, which has pledged $100,000 for food drives across the Tennessee.

Read more about the Well at SpringHillWell.org.

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