Over on Lewis Street off Murfreesboro Road near Trevecca, there's a small community called The Bottom at Lewis and Trimble that's been largely overlooked in flood recovery efforts. According to Kawema at the Oasis Center and Antioch's Village Cultural Center, a lot of its residents don't have transportation, and some elderly neighbors lost their wheelchairs in the flood — making it hard for them to get to the flood-relief station at J.C. Napier Homes.
A pressing need, Kawema says, is for FEMA representatives to canvass the neighborhood and make sure people have actually signed up for aid. (A source tells us the agency had reps out there this afternoon.) Beyond that, the residents need food (especially nonperishables), clothes, medical and cleaning supplies and other necessities. One drop-off point is Star Ministries, located nearby at 1307 Lewis Street. The number is 256-3004, although the line's been busy every time we've called.
A coupon-clipping workshop this weekend that doubles as a benefit for Star Ministries Food Bank lists these needs:
* Canned Fruit - peaches, applesauce, pears, fruit cocktails, mandarin oranges, pineapple
Infant Baby Cereal
* Baby Food - assorted jars
* Peanut Butter - plastic jars
* Dried Beans - white, pinto, and lima
* Tomato Sauce - canned
* Pasta - macaroni, spaghetti, ramen, hamburger helper, tuna helper
* Various Pasta Sauces
* Rice - bags
* Canned Vegetables - peas, corn, green beans, spinach, potatoes, lima beans, pinto beans
* Potatoes - canned or bagged
* Ketchup - plastic bottles