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.

DONATE:

The most effective way to give is through Second Harvest Food Bank.   Donors are asked to designate their gift for Colonial Heights Christian Church and then contact our director Chad Garland,wcgarland@charter.net, so we will know a contribution has been made to our account.   We also welcome donation of non-perishable food, canned goods, and items which cannot be purchased with food stamps, such as health & beauty aids, paper goods, and cleaning items.  Donation Centers are  located in the Family Life Center, by the entrance to the gymnasium/Worship Center B, and in the ground-level foyer next to The Pantry entrance.  Items can also be dropped off on Monday and Wednesday mornings at The Pantry, which faces Lebanon Road, directly across from Colonial Heights Middle School.

VOLUNTEER:

Items are distributed each Monday, with preparation beginning at 7am and distribution ending around 10:30am. Volunteers are always welcome on Monday mornings. Tasks would include sorting and boxing food items and loading items into clients’ cars. No sign-up is needed—you can just drop in!

REQUEST ASSISTANCE:

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) – A $5.00 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!