The Mt. Juliet Help Center offers food and utility help to anyone living in western Wilson County. Our service area is from Hwy. 109 west to the Davidson County line. We do not have any income requirements, etc. If someone comes to us for help, we only ask for proof of address that shows they live in our service area. This service area was set in the by-laws when the Help Center was founded in 1983. Families are allowed to get food up to 12 times a year, and there must be one month between visits. We are a client choice food pantry, which means we do not have pre-made boxes, our clients fill out food lists every time they come for food, so they are only getting the items they want and need. In addition to canned and packaged food, we also give milk, eggs, meat, produce, and bread with each order. We put a variety of items on our porch (pre-Covid it was in our lobby) which is available to anyone at any time. These items include produce, sandwiches, and miscellaneous food items that are donated. We LOVE getting fresh produce for our families!!
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.