Volunteers at the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry were hard at work Wednesday morning distributing food to those in need ahead of Thanksgiving. 

Pastor Allen Huff with Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, whose congregation is coordinating this month's distribution, said they've seen a steady stream of families in need and that they are "very grateful" to have the community supporting them.

Huff said the pantry is especially important during the holidays as people try and stretch their money to provide gifts for their families.

"The holidays, it's a particularly important time for us to be provide as much help as we can," Huff said.  

Typically the pantry distributes food on Thursdays, but moved distribution to Wednesday because of Thanksgiving.

The JAMA Food Pantry is in the Elmer Gillespie Building, 1521 Persimmon Ridge Road, in Jonesborough near Wetlands Water Park. Huff recommended anyone wanting to donate non-perishable items to the pantry do so by calling one of the churches on Main Street and taking donations there.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer can do so by calling the Jonesborough United Methodist Church at (423) 753-3942.