In the small closet in the basement of First Baptist Church in Franklin, the county’s first food pantry opened its meager doors.
Shelves with soup, canned vegetables and loaves of bread filled the tiny space. The pantry was open one day each week and served 10 people at a time.
Much has changed since that day 30 years ago. The pantry now is open six days each week and serves 50 to 100 people throughout those days. Last year, nearly 9,000 bundles of food were given to families and individuals.
For the past 30 years, the Interchurch Food Pantry has been working to feed the needy and hungry throughout Johnson County.