PHOTO: The Well Outreach staff and volunteers collecting donations for the Big Payback Lunch fundraiser back in May. / Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Well Outreach, a food pantry based out of Spring Hill, will be holding a mobile food pantry this Saturday at Spring Hill High School, where The Well staff, volunteers, and even some representatives from the developers of Spring Hill’s downtown development project will be handing out 20,000 pounds of food to families in need.
Beginning as a local food pantry in a church in 2006, the Well Outreach turned into its own entity in 2009. It has been growing ever since, even expanding its reach outside of Spring Hill. Executive director for the Well, Shelly Sassen, said the nonprofit has three main priorities to take care of those in need.
“The Well focuses on three different areas for food security to help our communities and needs,” Sassen said. “The first one is our regular pantry where we serve our guests, they come to our pantry and we serve twice a month. The second thing is our local food pantry, and that’s open to anyone – they don’t have to reside in one of the five communities that we serve.”
The third area, Sassen said, was its JetPack Weekend Meal Bags served to students in need at 18 schools in 2 counties. In 2018 The Well served over 12,500 JetPack Bags which equaled over 48,000 weekend meals.
Saturday will see The Well staff handing out the 20,000 pounds of food from a truck, which they purchased from Second Harvest Food Bank for $2,500. Saturday’s mobile food pantry also saw a large amount of support from SR Partners, one of the developers behind Spring Hill’s downtown development project. They donated $1,000 for the event.
Sassen said she was ecstatic to see the support, but also encouraged anyone interested in volunteering to sign up online, as the event could always use some additional helping hands.
“It’s really, really beautiful because we have whole families come; there’s six year-olds all the way up to their 60 year-old grandmothers, so anyone can volunteer,” Sassen said.
Spring Hill High School is located at 1 Raider Lane, Columbia, TN 38401. Those interested in volunteering can sign up online by clicking here.