“Things are just a little tough right now.” Many of us have spoken those words to our children, and usually it means going without a special treat, or activity, until things turn around. Sometimes, however, life continues on a downward trend and we can find ourselves unable to provide more basic needs for ourselves and our families. For many families, this downward momentum can begin quickly, often with just one emergency, whether it be medical, or a car repair, or even the loss of a job. Whatever the reason, the Mt. Juliet Help Center exists to fill in the gap for individuals and families that are struggling. September is Hunger Action Month and you can support the Mt. Juliet Help Center’s mission while raising awareness of hunger right here in middle Tennessee.
Hunger Action Month began in 2008 as an initiative of Feeding America to raise awareness of the issue of hunger in America. In Tennessee, one in six people suffers from hunger. In the community of west Wilson County, the Help Center provided 1,277 families with groceries and/or emergency utility assistance in 2017. They were able to distribute 137,074 pounds of food and non-food items to residents who were in need. Help is available to anyone in need who lives in west Wilson County from Hwy. 109 west to the Davidson County line.
This September, you are invited to participate and raise awareness simply by visiting participating restaurants and businesses in September. Businesses in Mt. Juliet are partnering with the Help Center by donating a portion of their proceeds when you visit their businesses, as well as other promotional partnerships. Partner businesses include Calabria Pizza, Tazikis, Burger Republic, Juice Bar, NutriShop, Sweet Biscuit, and many others. A complete list and additional information can be found on http://www.mtjuliethelpcenter.org/ .
The Mt. Juliet Help Center has ongoing needs that you can easily help with. That giant pile of plastic bags in your pantry? They’d love to have the ones that are tear-free! You could pick up one or two of their most needed items on your weekly shopping trip and drop it off at the center or at their drop-off point at Kroger! Both Kroger locations in Mount Juliet have Second Harvest collection barrels and the items that you leave in there go directly to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. The most needed items at the Help Center are flour, sugar, crackers, dry beans, and cans of the following items: fruit, soup, tomatoes, carrots, peas, corn, and beans.
Be sure to follow the Mt. Juliet Help Center on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest details about Hunger Action Month and the work that they are doing in our community. The Help Center is located at 3425B N. Mt. Juliet Rd., next to Celebration Lutheran Church. Their operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.