The Drive Away Hunger Challenge was started in 2012 by the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group as a way to help fill local food pantries by partnering WCS High Schools with GraceWorks. Since then the challenge has grown to include Franklin Special School District & Williamson County Elementary and Middle Schools and has collected more than 700,000 pounds of food for local pantries including GraceWorks, The Well, One Generation Away and The Nolensville Food Pantry.
The Drive Away Hunger Challenge lets each and every school participating collect for the pantry of their choice. We believe no one knows who is feeding the families in need within your community better than our schools. Here is some information about local food pantries we collect for as chosen by our local schools:
GraceWorks Ministries provides assistance to our neighbors in difficult times. We provide a family with a grocery cart of food once a month. We provide Fuel Bags to food-insecure students each week. We provide Classroom Snacks to teachers for students that forget their snack or cannot afford to bring one.
The College Grove Pantry serves on average 35 families (125-140 neighbors) 48 Saturdays of the year. It is a partnership pantry between about 15 churches and community service organizations and 85 or better volunteers. It serves primarily southeastern Williamson and northern Marshall counties. We offer what we call a “food box” weekly which contains the basic non-perishable food goods and have a “shopping” area in the pantry where neighbors visiting can select things from those shelves. The “shopping” area varies weekly based on what we find on sale. It includes rotating breakfast cereals, corn bread mix, laundry soap, and personal hygiene products as a few examples. All of this supplied at no charge to the guest and is meant to be a weekly supplement. It is not a week’s worth of groceries for most families.
The Well began as a food pantry in a local church in 2006, with the goal of showing God's love by giving food to those in need. The Well Outreach serve people needing our services who live in Spring Hill, Thompson Station, College Grove, Santa Fe or northern Columbia.
The Nolensville Food Pantry is a ministry of Providence Baptist Church. We are located at 1668 Sunset Road, Nolensville TN. Our pantry is in the PBC office. The Nolensville Food Pantry comes alongside families during difficult times to love on them. The pantry helps with immediate needs of food, household, and personal goods. We are here to encourage, support and love families the way God loves us, unconditionally.
High School DAHC
Ravenwood High School 40,881 lbs total, 26.22 lbs per student
Franklin High School 35,609 lbs. total, 19.94 lbs per student