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Local nonprofit feeds over 100 homeless people every Sunday

By meerna Jul11,2024
Local nonprofit feeds over 100 homeless people every Sunday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — On any given day, the Nashville pedestrian bridge is typically packed with tourists.

But on Sunday mornings, a local nonprofit organization turns its attention to helping those under the bridge.

As part of our all-day series, “Everyone’s Problem,” News 2 takes a look at how All For Him Ministry is tackling the homelessness crisis.

“Eat something,” said Deangelo Weir of All For Him Ministry and Dream Center. “There are good biscuits and gravy.”

Every Sunday, volunteers from All For Him Ministry help feed the homeless community just below the pedestrian bridge.

“Every week our homeless friends look up to us,” Weir said.

The line usually forms before the volunteers arrive. All For Him Ministry reported that the line gets longer each week. On average, they feed about 130-160 people each Sunday.

“The need here in Nashville is always there and it grows every week,” Weir said.

Heather Young founded All For Him Ministry nine years ago after seeing the great need in Nashville. But it’s not just Nashville; she also serves Wilson County, where there is also a need.

“I would love to lose my job, but unfortunately there is a need so we will have to lose it,” Young said.

Young joined News 2 on a Zoom call from St. Petersburg, Florida, where she has expanded her ministry to include serving.

“Nashville is overpopulated, and I hate to see that, but Nashville can be brutal,” Young said. “They’re coming into the suburbs.”

“I bring them in to encourage them and give them an opportunity, like say, ‘Hey, if you’re ready to get off the streets and you want to have a choice, we’re going to take you today,'” Young said.

“I got up at 5 a.m. this morning to make 140 hash browns,” Jennifer Thorton, a volunteer with All For Him Ministry, told News 2.

Volunteers help provide home-cooked meals, clothing, and other supplies. Some of the volunteers serving food sat on the other side of the table.

And as the need continues to grow, Young hopes city officials will see first-hand the actions these organizations are taking to address the homelessness crisis.

“I think when they come in and pick up a spoon, put food on a plate, they see exactly what we’re doing,” Weir said. “And, “When you have that first-hand knowledge and experience, then you know how to lead that population and work as a team.”

Young said her nonprofit relies on donations and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, click here.

By meerna

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