Two-year milestone for Tennessee satellite distribution
August marked the 2nd anniversary of the satellite distribution from Midwest Food Bank Georgia to Morristown, Tennessee. In August 2017, Midwest Food Bank sent one truckload of dry food to 11 agencies from East Tennessee. Two years later, two full truckloads are sent each month to support 30 agencies from Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. Over the past two years, over 87,000 cases of product weighing over 1 million pounds have been distributed. The total retail value of the food is almost $3.5 million.
Volunteers Ronald and Dorsie Rushlow lead a team of 35-40 local volunteers using used warehouse space provided by the Nolachucky Baptist Association. They unload the trucks, set up the product line, "shop" and pray with agency representatives and load their vehicles. This is all done in two days.
Remote distributions are a great way for Midwest Food Bank to expand our reach at minimal cost. This Tennessee distribution takes place with no MFB staff present. There are no structural costs as the warehouse space is so graciously donated. In addition to facilitating the distribution, Ronald and Dorsie also visit the agencies, build relationships with them, and spread the word about Midwest Food Bank.