Church raising money with ice cream to feed Roane County hungry

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By Cindy Simpson

Harriman Courts of Praise Church is starting its daily meals today, Monday.


The meals, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, are the church’s effort to ensure that area children don’t go hungry during the summer months.

The church is always seeking donations for its ever-expanding food program, and it has hit on a unique plan to raise money during the summer months.

Starting Friday, the church is opening its Epic Delight ice cream shop next to Rocky Top General Store.

“All proceeds go right back to feeding the hungry,” said Dwayne Linger, who oversees Courts of Praise Church’s food pantry.

The shop will sell ice cream cones, milkshakes, sundaes and a variety of treats, including cakes, chips, nachos and hot dogs.

The shop will be open each Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Linger said he’s going to play with some recipes, including a caramel apple cone he found online that includes apple slices, nuts, ice cream and caramel in a waffle cone.

The hand-dipped Mayfield ice cream flavors will include blueberry cream pie, cookies and cream, birthday cake and no-sugar-added butter pecan.

The pantry, which allows families to come in and get food for their home, will be dropping to one day a week in order for the church to focus on its daily meals.

Linger said a recent roadblock for the program raised $730.

“That is already gone,” he said.

He said the church averages at least $200 a week to feed people through the food pantry now.

So far, the church has fed almost 10,000 people in the last year, Linger said, and he expects to feed approximately that many this summer.

“We are expecting 100 kids a day over there,” he said.