Volunteers at the First Baptist Church Franklin gather every morning in March and April to offer a free all-you-can-eat home cooked breakfast to hikers coming through the area.
Pancakes, bacon and beverages are prepared and served by a rotating crew of about 40 FBC members.
Patsy Parker, coordinator for the effort, said that in the first two weeks, the crew served 382 hikers representing 35 states and three countries.
A volunteer drives the church van around to the area hotels, picks up the hikers for breakfast and returns them in time to catch the next shuttle back to the trail.
While at breakfast, a photographer offers to take the hikers’ picture, encourages them to write a note to whomever they wish to contact, and the volunteer prints out the picture and mails the picture and the note at no charge.
In a letter received by the Macon County News, a hiker from Germany was “totally overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the American people.”