Upcoming Food Pantry Dates:
February 17th March 17th April 21st May 19th
Unless there is notification posted in the windows ahead of time or something announced in the previous month, we always hold the Hand-in-Hand Food Pantry on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Recently we have heard from clients about rumors that we have changed days or don't distribute when the weather is bad - always check with us! You can even call the office at 956-968-7561.
Mano-a-Mano Dispensa de Alimentos ocurre cada tercer sábado, incluso cuando el clima no es agradable. No escuche los rumores sobre cambios: anunciaremos cualquier cambio con mucha anticipación. En caso de duda, siempre puede llamar a la oficina a 956-968-7561.
Food Pantry Update
"Feed my sheep" - sounds simple, and in many ways it is. But a lot goes in to getting food into the hands of Jesus and the hungry. We can use your help!
Volunteers take inventory of our pantry before ordering food at an incredible discount from Food Bank RGV. The third Friday of the month, volunteers pick up the food and haul it over to the church where it has to be unloaded and set up for distribution the next day. This takes a lot of effort, so the more able-bodied volunteers on Friday morning, the better! There are also roles for less mobile or less muscular volunteers; for instance, this month we had tomatoes that needed to be sorted and others that needed to be bagged.
Saturday mornings, clients line up as early as 5:00 a.m. sometimes, even though we don't distribute until closer to 9:00 a.m. Volunteers arrive by 8:30 a.m. to greet and welcome clients, help hand out numbers, handle hospitality including coffee and other treats, registration and check-in (bilingual ability is helpful but not absolutely required for this), and then folks help distribute each item and others help get groceries out to the clients' cars (often our Boy Scout Troop is great at helping with this part!).
This month we were blessed with a TON of fresh produce as you can see from the pictures above, but that is given to us FREE and not weighed out, so it isn't included in the stats below. Many thanks to all who came to help unload and bag and bag and bag all those tomatoes!
of non-perishable food
spent per client
clients and families served
That means that if you give even $10 to the Hand-in-Hand Food Pantry, you provide help to feed more than 4 families!