Written by Julie Silva Friday, 11 October 2013 08:00
A steady stream of people stopped in at the Mission Food Pantry on Tuesday morning as Carmen Flores continuously filled plastic grocery bags with a baggie of pinto beans, a can of corn and a can of mixed vegetables.
The pantry was formed by a group of churches in 1987, and since then, the food bank has opened several others in the area. The need is still great, said Adela Ortega, president of the food pantry’s board. Each Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at a temporary location, 1400 E. Kika De La Garza Loop, about 45-100 people come for food. She estimated about 500 people are served each month.
Tuesday, most of the shelves at the pantry were bare, and Ortega said the organization’s been hurting throughout the summer. This week, more than $800 from the agency’s $7,000 budget was spent on groceries.