Food Insecurity in 78744
July 25, 2008 § Leave a comment
Today was our first Mobile Pantry distribution at Dove Springs Recreation Center in South Austin. The only food pantry nearby is open one day per week on a Saturday for two hours. For three hours more than 225 Central Texans waited patiently in the sun to receive food, sign up for Food Stamps and get information on other social services. 1,084 individuals living in these households will benefit from this food distribution.
“We are so excited to see this happen,” said Kristina DeWitty, with the City of Austin Health Initiative, which works with underserved communities in Austin.
“I see lots of new faces. So many of our residents just can’t make it to the only food pantry in this neighborhood. And besides, there is more need than they can handle. This is making a huge difference.
It was so hot out there. If these families could, they would probably rather go down the street and shop in air conditioned comfort. But they couldn’t. The Mobile Pantry was their best hope to have food in the pantry and on the table tonight.
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