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About SCFM

Founded in 1992 - Sevierville, TN

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Matthew 25:35-36 NIV

What We Do

Sevier County Food Ministries is a voluntary interfaith ministry founded in 1992 in downtown Sevierville to help assure that no one in Sevier County goes hungry. We are guided by the example of Christ, who understood hunger and fed the multitudes. Food and monetary donations to purchase food are contributed by caring individuals, churches, businesses, clubs, groups and many other persons and organizations.

OUR MISSION is to feed the hungry. Our neighbors do not have to meet any qualifications to receive food, though an interview is conducted to obtain basic information and to understand their situation and identify who we are serving. Our program is an emergency food resource for persons experiencing a food shortage.

Those in need may come once a week for as long as they are experiencing difficulties. In addition to practical support, this ministry offers prayer and counsel for those who request it.

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Our Neighbors

In 2019, Sevier County Food Ministries gave out over 67,850 bags of groceries and more than 5,700 families sought aid from us at least once, some as many as 40 or more times. An average household includes three people. We especially help people living alone and couples, with over 60 percent of our grocery bags built for a family of one or two persons.

A bag usually includes a dozen or so items and is based on family size. Everybody gets eggs, and we try to provide a protein like sausage or chicken – whatever is available. Cans of green vegetables, corn, beans, tomatoes, and fruit are in most bags, along with a combination of mac & cheese, corn muffin mix, pasta, ramen, and saltines. We try to give out peanut butter and canned meat as often as possible.

Many of the folks we assist are on a fixed income. Some are on assistance. Quite a few have taken in one, two, or even more family members or friends. Most are just down on their luck. A bag of groceries helps.

You Can Help

Food Donations

We strive to provide our clients with well-balanced meals. Your donations are crucial to making that happen. We look for donations of non-perishable items. Your food donations can be brought directly to the Sevier County Food Ministry or to one of our other supportive collection sites during a food drive.

Thrift Store Donations

Yes, we have a thriving thrift store, and anybody can donate to it. We accept small housewares and all types of gently used clothing and household goods. All income from our sales goes to purchase more food. We provide necessities free of charge in crisis situations. The best part? Anybody can shop in our thrift store!

Monetary Donation

You can help the Sevier County Food Ministry purchase additional food supplies through a monetary donation. Your secure donation is tax deductible!

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SCFM Director

Jim Davis 

Jim has been director of the Sevier County Food Ministries since 2013 and has been involved with the food ministry since 1992. Jim started as a volunteer in the Broady Hospital Building – the first location of the food ministries.

Jim and his wife Gina have two children, Kali and Hunter. They make their home in Sevierville, Tennessee.