Help Center of Henderson Co. in need of donations

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Closed for days, the Help Center of Henderson County struggles to meet community demand. “We need to do something now,” Volunteer Director Melonie Shelby said. The Help Center opened its door in August 2015. “We know this is what God intended — for the community to take care of each other — and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Shelby said. The nonprofit budgets to purchase food through Second Harvest in Nashville. It takes about $13 to supply each bag of groceries, something Shelby said quickly adds up when helping to feed hundreds of families across the county. Shelby said the Help Center sends out around 3,500 pounds of food each month. As of Friday, about 300 pounds were left on the shelves. This is why the board decided to temporarily close this week. “We could have given them a lot of corn or a few things we do have, but it wouldn’t have been a solid bag with the proper nine meals,” Shelby said. The Help Center is completely funded by donations. The food pantry is unsure if they will open on its next business day. Shelby said she’s afraid if more donations don’t come in they won’t be able to serve the thousands in need. The issue is expected to get worse with winter months. Donations to the Help Center can be made on their website at

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