GraceWorks to hold food drive at Pilgrimage

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Concert lovers can help feed the hungry and get their own treat at this year’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Sept. 21 and 22 at The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin.

Pilgrimage goers bringing at least two items of nonperishable food each for the GraceWorks Food Pantry will receive a voucher for one free sweet tea at the Puckett’s food truck and a coupon for a free queso at any Chuy’s restaurant.

Food items will be collected at the festival’s two entrance gates.

Feeding America says 6.2%, or 13,200 people, of Williamson County residents are food insecure. GraceWorks’ Hunger Prevention program feeds more than 8,000 of them annually in four ways: Our Food Pantry, providing monthly food when needed; Mobile Food Pantries in low-income areas; Fuel Bags providing weekend nutrition to low-income students; and holiday food boxes providing items for celebratory feasts.

GraceWorks Hunger Prevention program helps lessen hunger’s effects, including chronic illness, school and work absenteeism, lethargy, lack of focus, aggression and lost productivity.

Opening in 1995, GraceWorks now has more than 20 programs including food services, rent and utility assistance, finance and family guidance, an annual backpack and school supply giveaway to low-income students, infant supplies and The Manger (a Christmas gift program).

To learn more about GraceWorks, visit graceworksministries.net.

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