JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Good Samaritan Ministries distributed its last food boxes of the summer food program Monday morning in Johnson City.
It was the last opportunity for families with children to pick up food boxes. The program benefits families with children in school that receive reduced or free school lnuches. Once school is out for summer, Good Samaritan steps in to provide for the entire family.
Carla Dunn, director of community and church relations, told News 5 the summer food program started in May. "Good Samaritan provides 200 pounds of food items, dry food, canned food, frozen, as well as toiletries, bread, and paper products," she says.
Dunn says Good Samaritan has seviced about 600 families over the past six months - and everything was free for the families that pre-registered or were referred by schools.
Food and other items were donated by the community, and families lined up their cars so volunteers could load the boxes.
The program officially ends with the annual Back to School Pinic held at Cardinal Park Stadium on July 27 at 2:30 p.m.