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The approximate 900 square foot cabin was donated by nearby resident Glenda Foster and moved to the church property, Julie Wharton said. A heat and air-conditioning system has been installed and it has been set up on a slope for a basement to be added that will allow for additional storage when complete.
The market is open on Fridays for families who make appointments. The initial goal is to reach 25 families per week and expand.
"The Backpack program supports our neediest children on the weekends, but there is still a large gap in providing food and necessities to the whole family," Wilson County Schools Early Childhood and Family Resource Supervisor Denise McMillan said.
The church gets food through private donations and Second Harvest Food Bank. Needs are nonperishable food items and Wharton welcomes area gardeners to bring extra produce.
She hopes to start a garden close to the cabin next year that will offer market users the chance to work on it. Other long-range plans include nutrition and cooking classes and even a chicken coop with a goal to offer healthier food choices.
“You can’t improve test scores until you meet the physical needs of the children,” Andrew Wharton said. “We want to educate the parents as well.”
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