Experiences from Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry distributions

December 22, 2009 § 1 Comment

As the holidays approach, we’re seeing an increased number of families at all of our Mobile Food Pantry distribution sites. Here’s an inside look from Sherry LeBlanc, Programs Director, at the Mobile Food Pantry distributions last week in Lott, Uhland, Mustang Ridge and Cedar Park.

“Lott is one of our largest distribution sites, where we reached 322 families/371 individuals on Friday afternoon. There were 25 volunteers from various organizations in the community who helped make the distribution a success. 

On Saturday, our first stop was Uhland. Although the weather was cold, Fred and I arrived early to find a line of more than 100 families waiting. It’s clear that there is great need in this area. When we finished the hour-long distribution, we served 125 families/445 individuals.

The line of people in Uhland wrapped around the church:

There are lots of children at our Saturday distributions:

After we finished in Uhland, the truck headed to Mustang Ridge. Since the ground at this site is too soft for our truck and the parking is limited, we will be moving this distribution just slightly up Hwy 21 beginning in January. With the slippery state of the distribution site, we ran the Mobile Food Pantry as if it were a drive-through site. Clients drove-up, signed-in and the volunteers loaded the food into the cars. Although the volunteers will be following us to our new, paved site next month, they were very sweet – praying and crying as the truck drove away. We served 43 families/180 individuals with the help of 10 volunteers. We expect to see even more families at our new, larger site.

The food for Saturday included assorted frozen meats, frozen tortillas, fresh potatoes, apples, milk, green beans, spaghetti noodles and sauce, peanut butter and much more!

Here is a picture of our Mustang Ridge volunteers and some of the wonderful food from the distribution:

The distribution in Cedar Park had been rescheduled on account of the holidays. The Wheels of Sharing truck generally visits St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cedar Park on the fourth Saturday of the month. With the date change, we were expecting a much smaller turnout than the 50 or so families we usually serve at this location.

What a surprise! As the truck drove up to the church, Fred and I were welcomed by a long line of both volunteers and clients. When the distribution ended, we served 91 families/393 individuals. This is almost a 100 percent increase from our regular turnout! I believe that this is a great sign, showing that the word of our presence in Cedar Park is spreading and that the families in need are thankful for the service there.

This picture was taken well after the distribution started and the majority of families had been helped:

39 (give or take a few) of the 42 volunteers that showed up to assist with the Cedar Park distribution:

Do you need food assistance this holiday season? Do you know someone that does? Click here to find out when the Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry will be in your area.

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!


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