Through the generosity of the congregation of our church, community organizations and businesses, and donations and memorials by individual citizens, our food pantry continues to provide food to those in need in Shiner.
The food Pantry opened for the first time in August 2011 in a very small classroom with one set of shelves and an ice chest. We now have adequate shelving, a refrigerator, and a freezer donated by individual church members.
Because church members give generously on the first Sunday of each month to the food pantry, we are able to purchase food from the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent in Victoria for seventeen cents per pound. For a small additional fee, they deliver our food order once a month. Also, members of our church and community members who have gardens donate fresh vegetables and fruits during harvest times. The Shiner Rotary Club donates fresh bread weekly. Morgan Bulk, Inc. of Gonzales donates fresh double-yolk eggs twice monthly.
Clients requesting aid from our food pantry are elderly citizens relying on Social Security, grandmothers raising grandchildren, and people working for minimum wage with several children.
In addition to providing food assistance each Thursday morning, several church members prepare a delicious breakfast for clients. Everyone enjoys this time together as we share food and prayer. Many new friendships have formed, and it is a wonderful opportunity for people to spend some social time together. This part of our church ministry allows us to feed not only the body, but also the soul and spirit.
Volunteers for the food pantry give a combined 120 hours per month to this project.
If you are interested in learning more about this mission, come by on Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 and check us out!