We would like to acknowledge the employees at Old Dominion Freight Lines (ODFL) as the recipients of the Americans Helping Americans® – Helpers of the Month award for March! Congratulations, guys!

While it may seem odd to nominate a whole group of people, believe us when we say, they have been doing incredible work for our partner Appalachian Outreach (AO) in Jefferson City, Tennessee for many years.

What stands out about this group is their willingness to help. Every February, they host Appalachian Outreach’s “Souper Bowl of Caring” and this year, they collected 3,226 pounds of food at a time when our partner’s food pantry was bare.

This year, AO has seen an increase in the number of families in need of food. Recently, a plea for the community for support was sent out, and the employees at ODFL were the first to answer the call. 

Shortly afterwards, the group delivered close to 3,600 pounds of food.

Because of their act of kindness, AO’s pantry was stocked and families were served.

Appalachian Outreach’s Executive Director Jean-Ann Washam said, “Without people like this we would not be able to serve our families that are in need. I am so thankful for their support.” 


The Helper of the Month Award is designed to show the amazing, wonderful, hard-working, and dedicated people in the Appalachian communities we serve every day. Each month, we’ll be sharing these stories with you in the hopes that you’ll walk away as inspired as we are to do good things in your community!