From single bags of rice to family-sized meals, Chris Whitney is moving from aisle to aisle inside his warehouse, taking stock of all the food he can bring to families who’ll be impacted by Hurricane Florence.
“We want to put as much food in the bellies of these families as we possibly can,” Whitney said.
Whitney is the founder of One Generation Away, a nonprofit that feeds families in need in Middle Tennessee and in disaster areas.
“This is food,” Whitney said. “This is a base need of humanity.”
Last year, they used their mobile food pantry to serve more than 200,000 meals in Texas and Florida after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
“We hear stories like ‘I’ve lost all my possessions,’” Whitney said. “We hear stories like ‘I’ve lost my car.'”
“There are tears and people crying.”
Once Florence hits, he and 10 to 20 volunteers will head to the Carolinas with trailers of food.
“We’ll come to a parking lot and unload all those groceries,” Whitney said.
It’s a trip they’ll make more than once. The nonprofit brought food to Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims four times in the past year.
“We’re not just trying to go in and be a one-hit wonder,” Whitney said. “We want to bring sustainability.”
Along with feeding their bodies, Whitney, who’s also a pastor, tries to offer food for the soul.
“We offer to pray for them and encourage them any way we can,” he said.
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