From staff reports
Residents of Holston Terrace have an onsite food pantry where they can supplement their kitchen shelves for free.
Property Manager Freddy Rodriguez Honda worked with Second Harvest Food Bank to establish the food pantry, which Freddy named “El Colmadito De Mami” after his mother. That translates to Mom’s Little Grocery Store.
“She always helped people and so I try to help people as much as I can,” Freddy said.
The food pantry provides food only for the residents of Holston Terrace.
Freddy said he receives donations on a regular basis from Panera Bread and KFC, and welcomes other donations as well. One of the items most needed is Depends or other incontinent products.
Freddy said the pantry operates on a self-serve basis, and residents can take what they need. But he discourages people from taking more than they need.
When he has extra supplies that are perishable, he shares that food with Hunger First and the residents at Maple Oak Apartments.
While the food pantry has been a welcoming addition to Holston Terrace, residents here are also encouraged to participate in various programs. For instance, Freddy has partnered with UT Extension and the Sullivan County Health Department to hold a program titled “Living Well with Chronic Conditions: Learning to be a self-manager of Your Health Condition.” This six-week program will be held on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning March 7 and ending April 11. Open only to residents of Holston Terrace, the program is free, but registration is required. To register, contact Freddy at 423-392-2507.
“We are always looking for donations and participation of our Kingsport community,” Freddy said, adding that local organizations or churches looking for outreach opportunities should contact him.
“Maybe they could hold a crafts class, play music or Bingo, or some other type of entertainment for our seniors. We would appreciate it,” Freddy said.
Last modified: February 18, 2019