Clarksville church aims to combat hunger
By ANYSSA ROBERTS
Jul. 30, 2017
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church is doing what they can to help hunger in Clarksville.
The program is called Feeding at 900 Franklin Street.
Each Thursday, they feed 50 to 60 people out of their church, most of whom are low-income, volunteer Myrtha McKinney said. She keeps record of the number of people who come in each day.
"We don't know what shape they're in, and if we can do an itty bitty something then that's good," Deorothy Sanders said.
It began in December 2014, when the church pastor approached his congregation with a vision for a soup kitchen run out of the church. When the program started, they had about 12 regular visitors.
McKinney and her sister keep a prayer box that patrons can ask for prayer in specific areas of their life. John Hollingsworth preaches to the people after dinner before patrons' second serving. Each person can also take a to-go plate.
Sanders, a volunteer, enjoys the people, who come in each week. She prepares a special batch of collard greens just for a man who prefers them over green beans.
Food is provided by the church and volunteers bring in extras.
The people's gratitude keep the program operating, Deborah Hollingsworth said.
"Seeing how it benefits the community keeps us going," she said. "And them telling us how their prayers have been answered."
The church also operates Another Blessing, a clothing and food bank, which opens every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. — noon.
"We try not to turn anyone away hungry," McKinney said. "God said give and that's what we do."
For more on Feeding at 900 Franklin Street and Another Blessing contact the church at 931-647-6805.
Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com