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Families Depend on Food Pantry

Floral Heights United Methodist Church helped about 20,000 families with about 100,000 pounds of food last year. And they say that number is growing.
Floral Heights United Methodist Church helped about 20,000 families with about 100,000 pounds of food last year.

And they say that number is growing.

At the church food pantry there is always room in the pantry shelves and a need in the community for more donations of food.

Volunteers quickly fill bags with cans, peanut butter and other items.

“But it is getting close to the end of the month and it's Thanksgiving time. And they have cut down on the food stamps and a lot of people are having an awful lot of trouble,” said Aimee Brown, the Director at the Food Pantry Director.

Help people, like Helen Colvin and her family. She and her husband are both on disability. She suffers from diabetes, and says the variety of fresh produce she can get on Tuesdays is extremely important.

“It keeps my nutrition good, my potassium level good, it's hard to explain, but it does help in big amounts for those people in need,” she says.

Those at the food pantry say they usually provide food for about 75 families a day.

But Tuesday that number swelled to more than 100, and that mean the amount of food shrank proportionately.

“We try to put 12 cans but since the food bank is low on food, we are low on food we've started putting in 8 cans plus a peanut butter in there,” said Brown.

So even though some days there's less to go around, there is never a shortage of food for the soul to keep their spirits up.

If you are in need of assistance the pantry at Floral Heights United Methodist Church is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 in the morning.

Make sure to bring your Texas identification card.
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