Appalachian Outreach provides food to struggling families, despite fewer available volunteers
Carson-Newman news office
JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman University’s community ministry, Appalachian Outreach, has for years provided the region with a variety of services, including a food pantry, clothing ministry, emergency shelter, home repairs and more.
As the community adapts to the national COVID-19 outbreak and economic turmoil, the ministry is striving to provide food for a surging number of families in need.
Executive Director Jean-Ann Washam said that the center normally serves 300 families a month and more than 3,000 in a year. But in the past week, the center has received an increased stream of calls with requests for assistance. On Thursday, workers served over 60 families in the first half of the day alone. [Read more…]