Food Pantry sets record in August
Sep 23, 2012 | 2318 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the second month in a row, the Upshur County Shares Food Pantry had a record number of clients, said Mel Small, who helps organize and coordinate the pantry.

“In August, we helped 559 families who came in for food,” he said. “This was a total of 1,469 people we helped.”

They also gave out 126 government commodity boxes to qualified individuals.

“During the month, we gave out potatoes, cabbage and melons, to go along with their regular boxes of food,” Small said.

“We continue to see new applicants daily, and those who haven’t been here in several months.”

Small said that he thinks the reasons are that lots of people are just finding out about the pantry from others, and “we are getting people who are moving to East Texas, looking for jobs.”

Dr. Don Warden, who also works with the pantry, said that the government has cut back on a lot of their canned-good donations to the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, “but so far, we are still getting meat and day-old bread donated by several large grocery stores in the Tyler area,” Dr. Warden said.

“The pantry is so blessed by your continued support and prayers,” Dr. Warden said.

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