Haul Out Hunger: Kellerton

posted on Sunday, July 1, 2018

"This pork is just such a blessing," said Kathy Johnson, who manages the Kellerton Food Pantry. "It's going to mean so much to everyone in the community. We haven’t received a meat donation for quite some time and our clients are already asking when they can come pick it up. They're just so excited!"

With nearly 14% of the population living at or below the poverty line in Ringgold County, pantries like Kathy's stay awfully busy and we're confident that the 600 pounds of pork we donated today will help families that need it most.

"Being centrally located in town with our own building, everyone knows where we are," she said. "We often have kids stop by for food when their parents are at work. They'll even stick around to help load groceries for the elderly. It's sweet to see them paying it forward. We are only open once a month but I wish it could be more. The people in this area could definitely use the help."

We’re so grateful for partnerships with people like Kathy who truly care about the health and well-being of others. Which is why her retirement from the Kellerton Food Pantry (after 18 years!!) is especially bittersweet.

“I just hope that someone is able to take it over because there is a need for this pantry in our community,” said Kathy. “Luckily there are some strong food pantries nearby that we can direct our clients too, but it’s still hard to tell them we’re closing our doors. We’ve helped a lot of hard-working people out over the years. It’s those people that I’m going to miss most.”

We wish Kathy nothing but the best in her retirement and hope to continue a relationship with the Kellerton Food Pantry in the future! We love this community and the opportunity to give back to those that need a helping hand. If you, or someone you know, is interested in helping keep the Kellerton Food Pantry open, feel free to message us and we’ll put you in contact with Kathy. After all, it takes everyone working together to Haul Out Hunger in our communities.