Wartrace hosts Blessing Box to fight hunger
A Blessing Box has been installed in Wartrace to address food insecurity for residents and visitors. Located next to the gazebo on Main Street – across from Town Hall – the box currently contains items such as pasta, canned goods, rice and beans, and other items.
In a public-private partnership, the box was built by Larry Willard from materials provided by Curl Construction Co. The etched plexiglass doors and sign were donated by K A Display Solutions. The Wartrace Blessing Box is part of a growing trend in Bedford County, with locations already in Bell Buckle, Normandy, and Shelbyville.
"The need for a Blessing Box in Wartrace quickly became apparent when individuals began accepting food items even as workers were finishing the final steps of installation,” said Mayor Cindy Drake. "It definitely takes a village to help and we are so very thankful to Mr. Willard, Curl Construction, and K A Display Solutions for stepping in to help, and to the churches who have pledged to keep the food pantry filled."
Mayor Drake announced there will be a brief ribbon cutting / dedication ceremony on Monday, August 22 immediately prior to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Take What You Need, Leave What You Can
“The Blessing Box allows anyone and everyone to help those facing hunger. You don’t have to formally volunteer to be a part of this community project,” said Town Recorder Kathy Tyson. “If you see a need and are able to donate, please do. If you have a special talent for organizing, you are welcome to clean out and arrange the items in the Blessing Box. If you are hungry, please know you are welcome to take what you need.”
Accepted items include pop top canned goods such as vegetables and canned meats, fruit cups, ramen noodles, juice pouches, sauces, and boxed noodles. Non-traditional items like feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hotel size bathroom items, plastic utensils are also welcome. Gloves and socks are especially needed during cold weather months. Expired or damaged food items, as well as clothes, shoes, and other household items, will not be accepted.
For more information, contact Town of Wartrace at 931-389-6144.