Johnson City group feeds the hungry

The side of a Good Samaritan Ministries van.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - This week, a Johnson City group is helping to feed low income families. Good Samaritan Ministries' Summer Food Distribution program has fed over 1,000 people this summer.

Marie Greer's family was among those getting some needed food.

"I get it every year from them, because there's nine of us in the household," Greer said.

The family has four kids still in school. Marie says the people at Good Samaritan have been good to her.

"We live in public housing, and it really helps to have more when they're out for the summer break," she said. "It helps to give them more to eat."

For the volunteers, it's a mission of love. It's also a mission of responsibility. Good Samaritan has a screening process that requires people who want food to submit ID and proof of income.

"We want to make sure we're being good stewards of what the community has entrusted us with, so in turn we can give it to those in need," Good Samaritan Ministries Executive Director Aaron Murphy said.

Good Samaritan is also accepting donations for their Back 2 School picnic. They currently need school supplies, paper, and kids' shoes. The picnic is scheduled for July 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the Johnson City Cardinals' stadium.

If you'd like to donate or volunteer, you can visit their website here.