Assistance available for low-income families
Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:00 pm
By: Jentri Gilbert
By JENTRI GILBERT
Special to The Messenger
Hundreds of families throughout Obion County are in need of assistance.
Several organizations have dedicated their time to provide food to help get those in need through tough times. Those who meet the requirements for the services are provided with about a week’s worth of food every three months.
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, located in Union City, has mobile food from Memphis delivered the third Thursday of every month for about 400 low income families in Obion County. They also operate God’s Storehouse, which is open every Monday through Thursday from 1-4 p.m. for emergency situations. Families interested in these services may contact the church at 885-7362. If approved, the family may visit Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church every three months.
Reelfoot Rural Ministries, located near Obion, has a food bank available every Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. They serve Obion, Dyer and Lake counties and Fulton for low-income households.If a family meets the requirements, they may pick up a box of food and cleaning supplies once every three months. Reelfoot Rural Ministries may be reached at 538-3900.
Calvary Baptist Church in Union City has a food closet open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. If a family already receives food stamps or lives in public housing, they automatically qualify for the service. Otherwise, there are income guidelines that must be met. Families can visit once every three months. For more information, Calvary Baptist Church can be contacted at 885-2961.
Senior citizens who are homebound may contact the Obion County Senior Citizens Center office at 885-1247 for information about receiving a hot lunch each day of the week.
Editor’s note: Jentri Gilbert is serving as a communications intern at Goodyear-Union City. She is a public relations major at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she plans to graduate in May.
Published in The Messenger 2.3.11