The ministry was incorporated in June of 2007, and has tried to help people in need and share the love of Christ ever since, according to Evans.
According to a record sheet at the ministry, the food bank helped 259 total families in June including 608 adults and 357 children.
Most of the food they give out comes from manufacturers and the Chattanooga food bank, but they also hold yard sales during the year to raise funds to keep the organization going, according to Evens.
He also said they are more worried about helping people than the look of the First Fruit Ministry sign and the look of the building, but because of local and regional help they received a renovation on the building.
With the help of SPLASH.org, which stands for Show People Love and Share Him. The group is out of Bartow County and they came up to put vinyl siding on the food bank, and help organize the warehouse.
SPLASH is 750 volunteers strong. The volunteers are young adults from sixth grade to twelfth, and they have two adult team leaders with each team of volunteers, according to SPLASH team leader Drew Startup.
ABC Supply out of Calhoun donated the materials that were used in the renovation.
According to branch manager of ABC supply Jason Torrence, there was about $3,000 worth of material donated to the food bank.
He explained that $1,500 of the money came from ABC Supply, and the other $1,500 came from Royal Building Products.
Torrence said that they definitely plan on helping the ministry as much as they could in the future.
As far as the young adults that volunteer they seem to really enjoy helping as much as they can.
Jack Mayo and Rebekah Sellers are student team leaders and have been with SPLASH.org for four years, and both of them said it feels great to get out and make a different in spite of their age.
“We’re not a grocery store we are a ministry. We can feed people today and they will be hungry tomorrow, but if we can share Jesus, he will take care of them for eternity,” said Evans.