Relying on angels. Haynie Chapel Food Pantry, Garfield, TX.

August 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

Kerri Qunell, Vice President, Communications – “There’s a lot of hunger out here; a lot of need.” Harriet Humphrey takes another number written on a post-it note. “Seventy four. We had 116 families last week. That’s 547 people, total.”

Harriet Humphrey, Volunteer

Harriet Humphrey, Volunteer

On March 23, 2004, Haynie Chapel United Methodist Church, near Del Valle, opened its doors to seven families. “They were mostly elderly, Anglo ladies,” said Harriet. “So much has changed since then. We’ve evolved.”

She says the majority of the food they give out each week comes from the Capital Area Food Bank. And some comes from anonymous donors. “People just leave bags of food on our front porch. We rely on them. We call them ‘our angels.’”

Volunteer, Rebecca Litsinger, aka "Spuds" because she gives out hundreds of bags of potatoes each week, embraces a regular client who’s there with her grandfather.

Volunteer, Rebecca Litsinger, aka “Spuds” because she gives out hundreds of bags of potatoes each week, embraces a regular client who’s there with her grandfather.

Ten minutes till noon, Harriet says, “I’m filled with joy every Tuesday. Tired… but, we won’t ever turn people away.”

The majority of Haynie Chapel Food Pantry clients are mothers and their small children.

The majority of Haynie Chapel Food Pantry clients are mothers and their small children.

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