Need for food has hit a record in Sevier County

Sevier County Food Ministry served 885 families on Monday with a holiday bag of food. They expect to serve 2,000 people by the end of the week. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevier County Food Ministry has hit a record for the amount of food they are hanging out weekly and say the need may go up.

On Monday, the ministry started handing out holiday bags of food to people. Last week they gave out more than 1800 bags of food, which is what normally is given out during January when people are out of work.

"As it gets colder I think people will realize they need a little help. When the electric bill goes up they've got a little less cash flow and what we can provide them helps," said Jim Davis, of Sevier County Food Ministries.

The ministry has gotten help from the community from donations.

"Just been very blessed. Not only for this, but we had 4-H do a tuna drive and we got enough tuna to give out to everybody for a week," said Davis. "Our school system did a great stuffing drive and brought in more than enough stuffing to cover the 2 holidays."

The ministry says they can buy food at a discount through Second Harvest Food Bank and with the discount the holiday bags cost the ministry around $8-9 per bag. Sevier County is the food bank's largest customer.

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