LGBTQ Outreach Food Pantries need donations MCC Knoxville Knox Pride & More

Plus Other Food Resources 

LGBTQ Outreach Food Pantries need donations MCC Knoxville, Knox Pride & More

May 13, 2023 Beau Knowles Knox LGBT Businesses Knoxville TN

Metropolitain Community Church (MCC Knoxville) recently announced on their member community page that their food pantry was incredibly low. The photo you see here speaks for itself. Church Deacon CB stated "Due to the high demand for food, we are extremely low on items and resources." The church's food pantry was formally created in 2007. It is named as a memorial to a beloved church deacon and parishioner Mike T. Irwin. The pantry "provides food baskets for the hungry, both within the LGBTQ community and throughout the Knoxville area." The church website gives a list of staples for the church. ( July 2023 MCC Knoxville said thank you so much to the prson who gave via Amazon delivery because of Tennessee unpredictable weather, they ask in the future for a monetary donation so that they can buy less expensive items and which would allow them to feed more people.)

The "Grocery list" includes non-perishable items to help fill food baskets: corn bread or muffin mix, box or saltine crackers, box of whole grain cereal such as All Bran, Bran Flakes, Cheerios, Wheat, Rice or Corn Chex, Cream of Wheat, Grape Nuts, Kix, Shredded Wheat, Wheaties, bag of rice, canned vegetables, soups, canned tuna, and peanut butter.  Monetary donations can be made at the church or by mail to the church address at 7820 Redeemer Lane Knoxville, TN 37919 To utilize this food pantry email the church at or call (865) 531-2539 Leave a message, someone will call you back. 

Knoxville's Pride organization Knox Pride recently stated on their social media that they are also low on food pantry items which they give out at the Knox Pride Vocational Center located at 4044A Chapman Hwy in Knoxville. The Center's  published list is Multi Packs, Chips, Granola Bars, Fruit Cups, Pop Tarts, Cereal Boxes, Protein Bars, Protein Drinks, Canned Meats, Crackers, Nuts, Dried Fruit, Ready to Eat Mac and Cheese. You can donate items to the Pride Center during their business hours of   11am to 4pm Monday thru Saturday or choose an item from their Amazon Wish List to be delivered

To make a monetary donation to Knox Pride visit their website at 

To see a full list of Knox Pride's Services and Needs visit their Linktree at

Knox Pride also operates a satellite Food Pantry at South Press located at 3615 Chapman Hwy in Knoxville.  South Press' hours are 8am to 6pm. You can learn more about South Press by visiting their social media

Additional Resources for Food Pantries to support or to utilize can be found on our LGBTQ Resources Spiritual Section seen here  This is by no mean a complete list as I frequently update it.   

Church of the Savior Food Pantry, Call the church for emergency food delivery 934 N Weisgarber Rd, Knoxville, TN (865) 584-7531 

Powell Presbyterian Church Food Blessings Box is in the front yard of the church. It is filled daily with food and hygiene items. No appointment necessary—just stop and take whatever is needed. 910 W Emory Rd, Powell, TN 37849 (865) 938-8311 

Highest Praise Christian Church Food Pantry is outside of the church. Take what you need or leave a donation. Call church for more information. 4230 Washington Pike, Knoxville, TN 37917 (865) 310-1117

Some Spiritual Organizations are supported by FISH Hospitality Pantries which states "FISH Hospitality Pantries welcomes all guests. We do not require identification or limit how often our guests can visit. We provide food to all who come, regardless of ethnic background, religious tradition, or economic circumstance."

Tyson House Lutheran-Episcopal UT–Knoxville, Smokey's Pantry 824 Melrose Pl #1 Knoxville (865) 637-2031

Saint Luke's Episcopal Church - FISH Hospitality Pantry Contact Information 600 South Chestnut St. Knoxville (865) 522-3474.

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church Fish Food Pantries West Knox FISH Pantry throughout the year to provide food to families in need.  St. Elizabeth’s takes calls and delivers food. 110 Sugarwood Dr (865) 675-0450

Please don't ever go hungry. The Community Action Committee (CAC) of Knoxville's Website has many options for Food Resources.  You can see them here  

Lastly here is a search engine for food banks in many areas. Enter your zip code to find the one nearest you at Food

If you have any questions email Beau Knowles