Centertown (Tennessee) United Methodist Church received a $10,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from this grant was used to help fund a storage building for non-perishable items used in the church’s weekly food ministry program. The program started in 2012 after church members learned about area children who were going to school hungry. Initially two volunteers prepared 20 …

First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, Tennessee, received a $10,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant is being used to help fund a community soup kitchen. The Shelbyville Community Soup Kitchen (SCSK) was started in February 2016 by the Bedford County Ministerial Association on a six-week trial …

Winchester First United Methodist Church received a $10,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant is being used toward purchasing and installing a four-person lift. Built in 1893, the church’s sanctuary is on the ground floor. Over the years, other floors were added including the first floor that …

Elder’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Smyrna received a $1,600 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant helped buy food for a food pantry ministry. Spearheading the ministry is Elder’s Chapel member Shelia Howse. After being challenged by a discipleship course to step out of her “boat” and …

Scott’s United Methodist Church in Shelbyville received a $1,200 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant helped launch the church’s Seasoned with a Touch of Salt food ministry, a lifelong vision of Scott’s UMC member Barbara Draine. Recognizing area seniors’ need for additional food, Draine and other Scott’s …

Church and community members attend the first Senior Adults Living Triumphantly (SALT) feeding and program ministry for seniors at Smyrna (Tennessee) First United Methodist Church. Thanks in part a Golden Cross Foundation grant, the ministry will be expanded once the all-clear is given to safely gather after the COVID-19 pandemic. Smyrna (Tennessee) First United Methodist Church received a $1,200 grant …

According to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, one in eight Middle Tennesseans struggles with hunger on a daily basis. Factors contributing to food insecurity include job instability, overwhelming medical bills, inability to drive, and lack of access to programs available to help, such as federally supported SNAP and WIC programs. Thanks in part to funding from the …

Nashville’s Calvary UMC Holy Smokers Paul Cole, Mackey Luffman, and Tommy Leek tend the grills at a summer cookout. Ranging in age from 6 to 85, volunteers from the church’s feeding ministry provided more than 1,290 meals in 2019 to area homeless, low income, and workforce populations. A $5,000 Golden Cross Foundation grant helped fund meals for older adult ministries …

Funded in part by a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, members of Leeville UMC in Lebanon, Tennessee, break ground for an expanded food pantry. Founded in 2009, food pantry volunteers now deliver more than 100 food boxes twice a month to low-income seniors. Leeville United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, received a grant for $7,845 from the Golden Cross …