A new food ministry is making its way into the area, and it plans to start distributing food next month.
The closing of Angel Food Ministries last month left many East Tennessee church communities searching for new ways to feed the people that depend on it. Now, a new food ministry is making its way into the area, and it plans to start distributing food next month.
Monday, Linda Comer, Food Ministry Coordinator at Bookwalter United Methodist Church, took out construction paper and scissors to convert the old Angel Food Ministries bulletin board into the One Harvest board.
"There has been a great outpouring of are you going to be able to do something else for us, and the answer is yes. One Harvest is that answer," said Comer.
Bookwalter United Methodist Church will serve as a host site and distribution center for most of East Tennessee.
The staff at Bookwalter began looking for alternatives as soon as Angel Food Ministries announced they'd be stopping services in September.
"In over 40 years in ministry, I've discovered that when one door closes God has a way of opening another and God did exactly that," said David Lord, Pastor at Bookwalter United Methodist Church.
One day, an Angel Food Ministries participant called in to suggest "One Harvest."
"We looked into it, and found yes, it is doable and were very excited to take this on and to be a partner with them," said Comer.
Volunteers no longer have to sort through the food before distributing it.
"All the boxes of food are already prepackaged and sealed," said Lord.
Everything is frozen.
"We have been assured that it will be a much better quality of food than what we had before,"said Lord.
The most a family will pay for a month's supply of food is $35.
"We can provide for people, that we can give them options that they didn't have before for food at a reasonable price," said Comer.
"We want to be able to touch lives. We want to be able to take some of the pain and pressure off the people," said Lord.
According to a One Harvest representative, a lot of former Angel Food sites are applying for this ministry. In addition to Bookwalter in Knoxville, there is a host site in Maryville at Broadway United Methodist Church and in Oak Ridge at Oak Ridge Family Bible Church. Sites are being set up in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.
The first distribution in East Tennessee will be on November 19th. The last time to place orders is November 11th before noon. All orders have to be paid for when they're ordered.
You can order online at the First Harvest website or through one of the host sites. When ordering, you must choose the site you'd like your food delivered to.