CHCC Food Ministry
The mission of The Pantry at Colonial Heights Christian Church is to share the love of Jesus Christ by caring for the spiritual and practical needs of the community.
The Ministry began in 1996 primarily to assist members, families, and friends of the church. By God’s Blessing, and with the help of many dedicated volunteers, the Ministry quickly grew and now provides food and other needed items to over 600 families per month in the Kingsport area. Funds come from the general budget of the church, and the food is obtained from Second Harvest Food Bank in Gray, Tennessee, and other private organizations. (Giving and Volunteer Opportunities are listed below.)
This program is open to residents of Sullivan county and portions of Washington and Hawkins counties and operates under U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. Likely eligible clients include SSI recipients, households living at or beneath Federal Poverty Guidelines, Medicaid recipients, and those who have recently lost a job.
1) Applicants must speak by phone with a Food Ministry representative to see if they qualify for the program. Before calling, please gather the following Information:
Address and Phone Number
Names of each person (adults & children) living at the address
Income amounts for each person (adults & children) living at the residence. This includes all sources of income such as Social Security, SSI, Employment, Food Stamps, Child Support, Pensions, etc.
2) After gathering your Information, please keep it close by and call the appropriate number (listed below) between 8 a.m. & 12 noon on the Wednesday before the Monday you wish to pick up food. You may leave a message and your call will be returned the same day.
If your last name begins with A-F, call 239‑2500, press 3, then press 1
If your last name begins with G-M, call 239‑2500, press 3, then press 2
If your last name begins with N-Z, call 239‑2500, press 3, then press 3
3) When the representative returns your call, she will ask you for the Information you gathered. If you qualify for the program, she will then make your reservation for pick up on the upcoming Monday. She will also advise you to bring the following:
Box Fee (first visit only) – An $8.00 Box Fee will be due on your first visit. This fee covers the use of the food-filled plastic box that you will receive and take home with you. On each monthly visit you will return the empty box. Clients are responsible for their box and must bring it back, in good and clean condition, on each visit. If it is destroyed or forgotten, another $5.00 fee will be due. As long as the box is returned, you will not need to pay another box fee.
Identification (every visit) – All clients must show a valid Driver’s License or picture I.D. and proof of residence in the form of a utility bill or rent receipt. This I.D. is required on every visit.
We Look Forward To Meeting You!
Donations of nonperishable items and canned goods can be dropped off at The Pantry on Wednesday mornings by 10am. Monetary donations can be made to Second Harvest Food Bank. Please be sure to include a note with your donation, asking them to apply it to the account of Colonial Heights Christian Church. Thank you!