With the rush of the holidays behind him, Keith Hills, GRACE Food Pantry Manager, is eyeing shelf-after-empty shelf and wondering how he will be able to feed the hungry families who come to him for food.
His January Food Pantry Needs List reads like any of our grocery lists: cooking oil, beef stew, pasta sauce, pancake syrup, oranges, apples, tomatoes, laundry detergent, shaving cream. So, what is different about Keith’s list?
In 2019, Keith had nearly 8,000 client visits to the Food Pantry. An average of 700 families per month rely on Keith for food, hygiene products, infant care, and pet essentials.
His message was direct: “We have received many [food] donations over the holidays, but with our numbers of clients growing, the food we receive now goes out same day.”
It’s Not Just Food
The many holiday drives for toys, clothing, food, and other donations in November and December were so deeply appreciated. “Thanks to everyone who participated in drives with their company, church, club, or school,” said Marcy Melendez, GRACE Client Services. “The struggle really sets in after the holidays. January and February are just hard months for donations.”
“Even the simple things,” said Marcy. “Socks and underwear for children. Gently used coats, shoes, bedding. We are very low on all these.”
If you or your group can help, groceries can be delivered at the GRACE Food Pantry, 837 East Walnut Street, Grapevine Monday through Friday, 9AM – 5PM. Clothing items can go to GRACE Donation Station, 112 North Scribner Street, Grapevine, Monday through Saturday, 8 AM – 6PM.
For help organizing and mounting a drive, email GRACE Events Manager Melissa Maraki or call 817-305-4672.