Hartselle woman opens church and home to people in need

Feeding Families of Alabama has helped thousands locally and around the state

Hartselle woman opens church and home to people in need

HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - Feeding Families is a nonprofit organization in Hartselle that focuses on assisting people in need.

Founder, Edee Grun, has dedicated her life to helping others in the community.

“I started off with $10 in my pocket and God by my side, and that’s it. It has grown and grown and grown,” Grun said.

It started years ago when a homeless family knocked on Grun’s door in the middle of the night.

“From there it became an every night thing, and so I went back into trying to supply food to the ones who came and needed help," Grun continued.

She says she’s not able to sleep knowing there’s a child out there that doesn’t have anything to eat.

Hartselle local Brandon Johnson, one of Grun’s volunteers, never thought he would need Grun’s help. One day, he lost his job and felt lost in the world.

“A lot of people are living paycheck to paycheck, and I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck. Even when I didn’t have a paycheck, Edee always made sure I had food,” Johnson said.

Johnson says Grun even went above and beyond to cook his favorite meals.

Grun has continued to help her community, even when she herself was struggling the most.

“I raised my children alone, as a single parent, and it was hard. I had two biological children, I adopted a daughter, and then I raised 11 foster children," Grun said.

To say Grun has done it all, is an understatement.

“It was always a struggle to feed them, but after I got them grown and I thought everything’s gonna be okay, I ended up with pancreatic cancer,” Grun explained.

She fought cancer, her own hunger, her family’s hunger, and still put time into her community.

“I post a wish list every week, and there’s several in the community that are regular donators and there’s some that bring it when they can afford to,” Grun says.

Grun says Feeding Families has surpassed the growth she expected, so now, she plants to take it one step further.

After two years of hard work, Grun is finally opening the Feeding Families Community Garden.

“We want this to be a self-sustaining garden, and we intend to keep our seeds year after year,” she says.

Ten acres of community love and community food. Right in the heart of Hartselle.

Johnson says it’s not just about this community here in Hartselle.

“She’s helping people in all the surrounding communities too,” Johnson said.

To learn how you can get involved with Feeding Families of Alabama, click here.

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