Baptist Association hosts  Valentine’s Day drive-thru event

RUTLEDGE – Grainger Baptist Association (GBA) celebrated its first Valentine’s Day drive-thru event Saturday, February 13.

GBA provided approximately 750 chicken casserole meals and food boxes to county residents during the event. Executive Director Eddie Holbrook said everything residents received during the event was donated by members of the community and organized by Lisa Cabbage, Amy Cabbage and other members of the organization. Holbrook said the organization will possibly hold another event at Easter.

Holbrook said the association is in need of donations to continue feeding families in the county through its food pantry program. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Holbrook said GBA has increased its services from feeding between 50 and 100 families each month to feeding approximately 900 families each month. As of Saturday, Holbrook said GBA had provided food boxes to more than 300 families. 

Holbrook said the association currently has plenty of milk for food boxes, but is in need of canned goods, including mixed vegetables, carrots, ravioli, yams, canned soups, canned chicken, cranberry sauce and Armour Treet, boxed goods and easy-to-make lunch meals for county children. The association also provides clothing to families in need. 

Holbrook said the association wants to do all it can to help the community. He said GBA’s main goal is to let the community know it is loved, not only by the Association, but by God. 

GBA is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 178 Cambridge Ave., Rutledge, for food pickup or donation drop-off. Anyone who would like more information about GBA can call (865) 828-4001 or visit Grainger Baptist Association on Facebook.