The Franklin downtown visitors center, located at 400 Main St., Ste. 130, Franklin, will serve as a drop-off point for non-perishable food and reusable bags that will help those affected by the tornados that hit Middle Tennessee on Monday.


One Generation Away, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping feed families in the area, will use the donations to set up mobile pantries in Davidson, Wilson and Putnam counties over the coming weeks.

“Our hearts break for our friends and neighbors in Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Cookeville, and all the communities across Middle Tennessee that have felt the devastation of these tornadoes,” Visit Franklin President and CEO Ellie Westman Chin said in a release. “One Gen Away is an amazing organization that travels the country to help those in need, and we are proud to partner with them to do what we can to help our neighbors in their time of need.”

The center will accept donations through March 13 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon-5 p.m Sun. According to the release, items of greatest value include sturdy, reusable bags, bottled water, peanut butter, pop-top cans of chicken, tuna, fruits and vegetables, though cans of all kinds will be accepted.

“Our community learned a lot about relief efforts in 2010 when we went through our historic flood,” One Generation Away Founder and Director Chris Whitney said in the release. “Immediately after the disaster, aid is coming in from around the country, but in the weeks and months that follow life will continue to go on and the need will still be there. That is the need we want to help fulfill. We want our friends across Middle Tennessee to know that we’ll be here to help and support them for the long haul.”

Monetary donations to directly help those adversely affected by the Middle Tennessee tornadoes can be made online at www.onegenaway.com/donate