Feed America First
An Open Letter To The Community:
We just want you to know what a wonderful community we live in. Even in such an affluent place as Williamson County, there are still those among our neighbors who are hungry and need help this holiday season. Hunger studies have shown that 1 in 4 kids in Tennessee are hungry. This Thanksgiving, middle schoolers across the county did what they could to put hearty meals on those tables, so that kids just like them would have enough.
The Feed America First Food Drive engaged four different Middle Schools in helping others, and the kids responded by collecting over 20,000 pounds of canned goods and other nonperishable foods. We would like to give a special thanks to the student council advisors at each school for coordinating and getting their kids involved: Thank you, Kristi Thoni, Brentwood Middle School; Amanda Boone, Grassland Middle School; Brandon Barkley, Sunset Middle School; and Sue Hooper at Woodland Middle School. You and your kids did a wonderful job!
The majority of the food collected will stay right here in Williamson County, to be distributed in 350 Thanksgiving food boxes. An anonymous donor, inspired by the kids’ enthusiasm, has also given 350 frozen turkeys! These boxes will be distributed by Sandy Himes, director of the Morning and Afternoon Care program in the Franklin Special School District, as well as Pastor Jose Duran with La Casa de mi Padre and Willie Otey of Feed Franklin First.
Overall, this has been just such a wonderful blessing to so many. About 5,000 kids participated in helping their neighbors this holiday season, 150 volunteers were involved in sorting, packing, and distributing the boxes, and 350 deserving families will have a Thanksgiving feast! We just wanted you, our neighbors, to know what good things are going on around us, because our community is a lot richer in the ways that count this Thanksgiving.