Of these families, nearly five percent came in for the first time.
“So we are continually seeing new families come in to our pantry each day we are open,” said Dr. Don Warden, one of the program’s organizers.
“One of the new places we are able to get food is a day-old bread store in Mount Pleasant,” he said.
“We are able to get bread at about 12 to 13 cents a loaf, which helps because the supply at the food bank goes quickly,” he added.
“They are serving 200 pantries and soup kitchens out of the (East Texas Food Bank) warehouse in Tyler, so there is a big need.
“We also gave out our allotment of commodity boxes, by the 19th of the month. Our produce consisted of both white and red potatoes, onions and carrots.”
Dr. Warden concluded, “Thank all of you for your support, and keep us on your prayer list daily.”
The pantry distributes food to its clients on Monday and Wednesday mornings from its location at 210 Buffalo St., a half block west of the square in Gilmer.
Since 1988, the East Texas Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has provided food to over 200 partner agencies, in an effort to feed children, the working poor and seniors throughout 26 counties in East Texas.
For more information, go to www.easttexasfoodbank.org .
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