In 2017, Sevier County Food Ministries gave out over 81,000 bags of groceries and more than 6,200 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. 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.