by Rachel Petty

The Carthage Community Food Pantry aims to be a blessing to those in need in our community.

Located at the Carthage Church of God in South Carthage, the Carthage Community Food Pantry is a place where anyone struggling with food insecurity can come to get help.

The Carthage Community Food Pantry serves members of our community who are in low-income brackets, on a fixed income, unemployed, homeless, or have otherwise fallen on hard times.

Any Smith County resident is eligible to receive food at the pantry. There are no income requirements and no appointment is needed.

Clients may visit the Carthage Community Food Pantry weekly. Each week, clients are given a large bag full of nonperishable items that will last an average family 3-4 days.

The first time a new client comes to the pantry, they are asked to fill out some initial paperwork. Then, the process is as simple as signing in each week to verify that they have received food.

The Carthage Community Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

When Pastor Seth London and his wife Tammy moved to Smith County, they identified the need for a food pantry in our area. Thanks to a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, their desire to help soon became a reality.

The two hope that the food pantry can truly make a difference and be a blessing to the community, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when food assistance is more important than ever to some individuals and families.

The Carthage Community Food Pantry is currently taking special precautions due to COVID-19, like thoroughly sanitizing commonly-touched surfaces between each client and providing masks at the door.

Seth and Tammy told Smith County Insider that there are plenty of ways to get involved with the food pantry. If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact the church office at 615-281-8258.

The Carthage Community Food Pantry is also happy to accept monetary donations, which help support the pantry’s day-to-day operations. Food drives and other events and volunteer opportunities are expected in the future.

During a recent Saturday Food Giveaway, the Carthage Community Food Pantry gave food to over 70 individuals and families in Smith County. Seth and Tammy hope to see the pantry grow and reach even more families in need in the future.

The Carthage Community Food Pantry is open now and located inside the Carthage Church of God on 382 South Main Street in South Carthage.

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please contact the Carthage Community Food Pantry at 615-281-8258.

You can also follow the Carthage Community Food Pantry on Facebook to learn about upcoming food distribution events, volunteer opportunities, and more!