We have assisted financially 300 unduplicated families representing 864 individuals totaling $47,175.08. The actual amount of assistance requested was $74,739.93. The overwhelming majority of assistance was in partial payment of utility bills, allowing the clients to assume some cost-sharing, and allowing us to assist more families.
The Food Pantry provided 475 unduplicated families with 1,383 food boxes representing 1,307 individuals during 2015, averaging 115 food boxes distributed each month. The estimated value of the food given is $155,730.00. Volunteers continue to refer clients for food stamps and commodities, and to other resources as needed.
The Perishable Food Distribution provided 384 unduplicated families with 828 boxes representing 988 individuals, averaging 69 families per month with rescued perishable food (102,930 lb.) donated by Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. The estimated value of the food is $41,400.00. We are doing our best to serve 100 families a month every 4th Wednesday.
We purchased $7,869.00 (10,383 lb.) in food for the food pantry. 27,976 pounds were donated to the food pantry, through drives and individual donations! That represents 141,289 lb. of food distributed in Houston County this year alone.
Our income statement this year shows a decrease of $3,416.61 in the amount of money donated but a significant increase in the amount of benevolence ($10,311.30). We did a huge remodel job last year that required outside donations. The biggest block of our donations come from individuals, which is up this year more than $6,000.00 and we averaged 12 food boxes more per month than in 2014.
Approximately 50 volunteers, committed and dedicated women and men, provided over 4512 hours of service, representing an estimated value of labor of $85,178.50. Volunteer and Board meetings are held quarterly.
We did a Summer Feeding Program at the Erin Public Housing. We are also affiliated with the School Backpack Program and a Kids Club also at the Erin Public Housing.
The Mission is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 1 pm. We are closed on holidays, and when local schools are closed due to inclement weather.
It is our utmost desire to keep Bethesda Mission operating in the spirit of its founder, Pat Wood.
Richard A. Neal, Sr., Director
We distribute a tractor trailer load of perishables the 4th Wednesday of each month to approximately 100 families that comes from Second Harvest. We serve a different 100 families each month; they rotate every 4 months to accommodate 400 families a year. It takes about 40 volunteers each month to pull this off.
We have been doing this for three years now. It is actually funded by Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee. We supplement what is furnished by providing snacks, prizes, etc, mostly by the volunteers that work the program. It is open to any child 0-18. It is not limited to just the reading program or the housing residents.
We are partnered with our Family Resource Program to furnish supplemental food for the week-ends. We have been partnering with Second Harvest on this also for the past two years. The children are given food for their backpacks (discretely, so as not to embarrass them) each Friday before they leave school.
This is to see to it that unprivileged children do not go hungry. This is an ongoing program as long as there are needs.
Started Pastoring Churches in 1967. Involved in projects trying to help folks in need in several areas, ran a Church Camping facility, 543 acre, 300 bed facility, coordinating seven summer camps, handling the maintenance of the property, $200,000 budget and coordinating the rental use of the facility for nine years, was on the Board of Directors at this Mission while pastoring in the area, all the while trying to maintain an ongoing continuing education.
We are constantly losing volunteers do to failing health issues. We are also gaining new volunteers successfully. Our youth leadership in this county is second to none, so they volunteer when they can and receive community service credits for scholarship programs.
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Even though we lost some grants we picked up a lot of individuals and a few more Churches. So, we really gained instead of lost. We are grateful to each and every donor.
For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger or food insecurity, even though we might not be aware of it.
The face of hunger in Tennessee looks like your neighbor, your child’s best friend, the woman who gives you your coffee in the morning, and the man selling newspapers by your office every day. It could be the coworker you sat next to who was laid off last month or the new mother at the doctor’s office you saw last week. Hunger impacts one in six Tennesseans, and with those numbers, it is likely you’ve seen someone today who will be going hungry tonight.
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