Recently, GRACE’s CEO, Shonda Schaefer, had the great pleasure of speaking with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club via Zoom about the history and mission of GRACE. Shonda was able to discuss with the club how GRACE has been making an impact during COVID as well as the challenges the organization is facing as it serves the community during this time.
While she enjoyed listening to Jon Daniels, Lance Lynn, and Jose Trevino talk about the new stadium and missing the field, Shonda was deeply touched by their passion for supporting their local community.
When schools started to closed early due to COVID, not all students were excited about this chain of events. For some, their first thought was wondering where their next meal was going to come from; thankfully, districts started to distribute meals to help families. However, during this pandemic, more support is needed.
In 2018, about 11.1% of U.S households were food insecure at some time during the year. (“Food Security and Nutrition Assistance”) Food insecurity is an issue that faces many in our community and our nation. These families have to ration food or go without due to a lack of money or other resources.
This is an issue that is close and dear to Texas Ranger player Lance Lynn as he shared about rationing food when he was younger. We here at GRACE are thankful to be able to steward the donations we receive from the community to help families that are facing a crisis through our Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance programs.
GRACE is always looking for opportunities to share the organization’s mission and work with the community. If you are interested in having a GRACE representative present to your group virtually, please contact Director of Community Engagement, Lara Hohweiler, at Info@GRACEGrapevine.org or call 817-305-4653.