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What is the retail value of food donated by Walmart to Hope House since August 2010? From left, Bud Jones, Judy Snelson, Jim King, and Dianne Stevenson display some of the fresh produce and canned goods contributed regularly by Walmart to the Hope House food bank. Jones, Hope House director, said the pressure on the agency to provide food and “everything you can think of” is increasing every week. “We have about 30 walk-ins and 50 or more calls a day from people asking for help with food, prescriptions, propane, power bills, tires, clothes, cooking utensils, furniture, appliances, baby sitters, dental bills, school supplies...” The list is endless. “The county is in the worst financial condition in my lifetime,” Jones added. “We have people who have been our strong supporters, who are now coming in for help. People that were hanging on last year trying to ride it out, have nothing to hang onto any more. So far, thanks to Blount County people, our resources are holding out, but we’re being asked to do more,” he said. – Ron Gholson

What is the retail value of food donated by Walmart to Hope House since August 2010? From left, Bud Jones, Judy Snelson, Jim King, and Dianne Stevenson display some of the fresh produce and canned goods contributed regularly by Walmart to the Hope House food bank. Jones, Hope House director, said the pressure on the agency to provide food and “everything you can think of” is increasing every week. “We have about 30 walk-ins and 50 or more calls a day from people asking for help with food, prescriptions, propane, power bills, tires, clothes, cooking utensils, furniture, appliances, baby sitters, dental bills, school supplies…” The list is endless. “The county is in the worst financial condition in my lifetime,” Jones added. “We have people who have been our strong supporters, who are now coming in for help. People that were hanging on last year trying to ride it out, have nothing to hang onto any more. So far, thanks to Blount County people, our resources are holding out, but we’re being asked to do more,” he said. – Ron Gholson