Hundreds take advantage of food giveaway in Sumner County - WKRN News 2

Hundreds take advantage of food giveaway in Sumner County

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The Sumner County Food Bank held its annual Christmas food giveaway on Tuesday.

Several hundred people stood in line, some overnight, to pick up food including breads, can goods, fresh vegetables and eggs.

Pastor James Gill, the food bank's director, told News 2 the holiday season is an especially difficult time for families to find money for food.

"People are very concerned this time of year," said Gill. "This year for Christmas, they don't know exactly how they're going to provide Christmas for their families. We just want to make sure they have a hot meal on the table."

The food bank prepared food for 407 families, but the crowd was lighter than expected.

Amanda Gore stood in line for nearly an hour to receiving food for her family. She told News 2 she's grateful for the church's ministry.

"We're going through a lot. My income, plus people who are trying to get food stamps, it's hard," said Gore. "I'm on food stamps and I'm trying my best to feed my family and they're taking food stamps away from people who really need it like me."

Pastor Gill said the shorter line of people is primarily due to other organizations offering food and toys during the holiday season.

The Sumner County Food Bank opened five years ago and in September, moved into a new, 12,000 square foot facility.

For more information, visit the food bank's Web site.

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