It started with a casual meeting of the dozen or so food pantry coordinators in Hood County. Since that initial meeting more than two years ago, the core group has tackled community projects to “Feed the Hungry.”
With its expanding presence in the community, the group has taken an official name, Neighbors Feeding Neighbors.
“We’re going to incorporate as a 501(c)3 nonprofit,” said Hood County News Publisher Jerry Tidwell, board president for the group.
With its own nonprofit status, donations to support the mission of Neighbors Feeding Neighbors will be more easily handled. Previously donations were given through the United Way of Hood County.
In addition to Tidwell, board officers include Vice President Margret Fields, of Acton United Methodist; Treasurer Billy Martin, of Christian Service Center; and Secretary Wanda Jordan, of Loaves and Fishes food pantry.
GROWING TO HELP
Following the initial meeting in January 2011, communications between the agencies led to a joint effort to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to Hood County once a month.
The Mobile Food Pantry provides fresh produce and meats that often are not available on a weekly basis at the community food pantries.
The working group of people grew, and so did their ambitions.
The “food pantry group” next tackled a program to provide food over the weekends for children in need. Known as Weekend Food for Kids, the program now includes every school in Granbury.
Both the Mobile Food Pantry and Weekend Food for Kids fall under the umbrella of Neighbors Feeding Neighbors.
WEEKEND FOOD FOR KIDS
Weekend Food for Kids provides food and snacks for school children who may not be receive meals while at home over the weekend. During the school day, qualifying children are fed breakfast and lunch at the school cafeteria.
School officials identify the students in need and groups participating with Weekend Food for Kids are responsible for getting the food packed and delivered to the school for distribution on Fridays.
The schools, number participating and the sponsoring entity include the following:
Acton Elementary, 30, Acton United Methodist Church.
Rancho Brazos Boys and Girls Club, 65, Acton United Methodist Church.
Baccus Elementary, 48, Christian Service Center.
Behavioral Transition Center, 8, Warriors For Christ.
Brawner Elementary, 66, First Christian Church.
Emma Roberson Elementary, 30, Loaves and Fishes.
Mambrino Elementary, 36, Southside Baptist church.
Oak Woods Elementary, 30, First United Methodist of Granbury.
Acton Middle School, 40, Acton Baptist Church.
Granbury Middle School, 36, Christian Service Center.
Crossland 9th Grade Center, 25, Mission Granbury.
STARS Academy, 20, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Granbury High School, 25, Christian Service Center.
There’s a total 419 students receiving weekend food in Granbury ISD. Generations Church is also a major contributor to the Weekend Food for Kids program.
For more information on programs supported by Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, contact Tidwell at 817-573-7066 or email [email protected]
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