Here is a chronicle of my day at the Food Bank in Del Rio, TX.
8:30 Pick up students from my church to work at the Food Bank with me and my children
8:50 Arrive at the food bank.
8:55 Gary & Gisela Lenz, one of the coordinators, explain how to serve the customers. There are 2 programs at Loaves and Fishes. The people who present white tickets are with the program for the elderly. They receive one of the paper bags of groceries with a block of cheese provided by the South Texas Food Bank in Laredo, TX. People with the blue card register locally, and receive a recyclable bag (that can be purchased for 60 cents) full of groceries from local donors.
9:00-9:30 The doors open and the first wave of people come filing in. The elderly go to the registration table to get their white tickets, then come to me. After they put the tickets in a jar I’m holding, one of my young helpers carries bags out to their vehicles. People with the blue cards go to another table. One of three volunteers highlights “March” on their cards, and directs them to the recyclable bags filled with groceries. Another volunteer is directing his two helpers to assist the customers with bags of food.
9:30 The president of the Bank & Trust, Bill Cauthorn, comes by to thank the volunteers for their service. Mr. Cauthorn is a major supporter of Loaves and Fishes.
9:45 to 11:30 People continue to come in waves to get food. Gary has to bring 3 more pallets of filled grocery bags to me and my helpers because we have already given away over 170 bags of food in just 2 1/2 hours! A gentleman comes in, bringing donations from a local organization for the food pantry. When the kids aren’t carrying groceries out for customers, they help Gary unload the truck full of canned goods.
12 noon Our work is done. We set a record that day. Over 215 people served, with over 350 bags of groceries given away!
Loaves and Fishes, the name for our local food pantry, has served over 30,000 people last year with much needed groceries. Local organizations like the Bank and Trust and Laughlin Air Force Base, contribute time and resources to support the work done there.
We at Capri, in partnership with Move For Hunger, will be donating our time and the non perishable foods that are often left by our guests to food pantries like Loaves and Fishes. This is our way of giving back to our communities.
For more information about the Del Rio Food Pantry, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/Loavesfishesfood/
For more pictures of our day at Loaves and Fishes, check out our album on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1052633444804705.1073741832.199445820123476&type=3
What kind of charitable work do you do? How do you give back to your community? We’d love to hear. Share your experience in the comments below and we will include them in a future blog post!