It was hard work, but realizing a dream always makes the time go faster and the effort more enjoyable. Such were the feelings when the volunteers and board members of the Community Food Connection of Blount County officially moved into their new home on April 24.
The 2,000 square foot space is located at the end of the building at 311 Whiteside Drive in Maryville just down from Rhea’s Diving.
“Thousands of people in Blount County rely on us for food and this new location will allow us to serve our community in a more efficient manner,” said Dean Moss, president of the Community Food Connection. “After months of searching for a larger building, this one fits our needs perfectly.”
The Community Food Connection of Blount County moved from their location on East Broadway Avenue to the new space. Former Maryville High School teacher/coach and now developer Bill Phillips and his wife, Gwen, donated the space to the organization.
CFC is a volunteer-led organization. This Saturday, May 8, is the yearly Postal Drive for the Food Connection, and volunteers are always needed for sorting and stacking. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help should immediately call 865-983-0788. Drivers and other help is needed from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Community Food Connection of Blount County provides one bag of food every two weeks to families that asks for assistance.
To sign up for assistance, clients are asked to bring a picture form of ID - not their Social security number. A driver’s license or Green Card is acceptable. The CFC can also accept Food Stamp card numbers. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. For more information call 865-977-4400.