Local food pantries treating communities with kindness



The Mendiola family helped stock up Charlotte’s Food Pantry with canned goods, hygiene items and more. Pictured are: Raeven, Sunny, Lola and Ricki. GABRIELLA RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Mendiola family helped stock up Charlotte’s Food Pantry with canned goods, hygiene items and more. Pictured are: Raeven, Sunny, Lola and Ricki. GABRIELLA RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Atascosa County is providing food distribution for those residents who are in need of assistance with food.

With COVD-19 still occurring, residents can receive food through a drive-thru, curbside pick-up and grab and go of what they need.

Poteet’s Hosanna Baptist Church and First Baptist Church contribute to hold bi-weekly distributions and recently held a Mega Distribution at the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds this past Saturday with the San Antonio Food Bank.

Hosanna Baptist Church is open on the first and third Thursday of every month from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. for curbside pick-up that allows two families per vehicle. The pantry offers meat, vegetables, fruits, pasta, canned goods, protein and more.

Tanya Keeling, President of Hosanna’s Food Pantry, said she loves serving the community by being there for them and how they’re open if people are in need of food if it’s not a pantry day. The community may call the Hosanna Baptist Church at 830-742-3879 or contact them through Facebook for more information.

Members of the El Calvario church helped package and cook meals to hand out to those in the community who stopped by to pick up plates. Pictured are, from left: Hector Brown, Hector Brown Jr., Pastor Ricardo Garcia, Mary Rico, Jose Montoya and Danya Rodriguez; middle row- Samuel Latham, Martha Garcia, Glenda Garcia, Leticia Hermosillo, Zaryana Hermosillo, Mayra Brown and Martha Gonzalez; kneeling Carmen Barahona, Ricardo Garcia, Sophia Brown, Liam Gonzalez and Adan Gonzalez. GABRIELLA RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Members of the El Calvario church helped package and cook meals to hand out to those in the community who stopped by to pick up plates. Pictured are, from left: Hector Brown, Hector Brown Jr., Pastor Ricardo Garcia, Mary Rico, Jose Montoya and Danya Rodriguez; middle row- Samuel Latham, Martha Garcia, Glenda Garcia, Leticia Hermosillo, Zaryana Hermosillo, Mayra Brown and Martha Gonzalez; kneeling Carmen Barahona, Ricardo Garcia, Sophia Brown, Liam Gonzalez and Adan Gonzalez. GABRIELLA RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“I’ve been [volunteering] for a few years with Hosanna and I love to help people,” said the Vice President of Hosanna’s Food Pantry, Denise Carrasco. “It’s just something that God put in my heart to be able to help whoever.”

Jesse’s Snack Pantry in Jourdanton is open to the public 24 hours in the day for families in need of food, toiletries and personal care items. With a few setbacks, Marissa Partida, said the community helped refill the pantry with generous donations of items.

“It makes me happy knowing we have such giving members,” said Partida.

El Calvario Baptist Church held their Free Feed the Community Event on July 14-15 on a first come first serve basis as the community received sausage wraps, bean and cheese tacos, cheeseburgers and more. The church also gave away 120 new backpacks for children in school and is currently accepting donations at 811 Oak St. in Jourdanton to continue to help the community in many ways.

Hosanna’s Baptist Church volunteers helped distribute food in boxes to the community in Poteet. Back row to left to right: Kristan Bollard, Eris Hilburn, Joe Martinez, Eddie Gonzales, Santos Arguijo; front row left to right: Wendy Hilburn, Denise Carrasco, Tanya Keeling and Juanita Martin. GABRIELLA RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Hosanna’s Baptist Church volunteers helped distribute food in boxes to the community in Poteet. Back row to left to right: Kristan Bollard, Eris Hilburn, Joe Martinez, Eddie Gonzales, Santos Arguijo; front row left to right: Wendy Hilburn, Denise Carrasco, Tanya Keeling and Juanita Martin. GABRIELLA RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

For the first time this year, Charlotte’s St. Rose of Lima has a grab and go food pantry that started in March that allows people to select from four categories that includes non-perishable food, hygiene products, household supplies, and baby necessities. The community is able to stop by at any time at the old St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church located across from the catechism classes. Iglesia De Dios in Charlotte is currently on hold for distribution at the moment, however stay tuned on their Facebook page for updated information.

“I try to take [items] little at a time to make sure that everyone is able to access it and not misuse the pantry,” said member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Raeven Cruz Mendiola. “My hope for this pantry is that our community will continue to show their support and look for more ways to bring kindness to Charlotte.”

During a time where COVID is involved, Atascosa County makes sure to give back to the community for those who may be going through a tough time and everyone involved wants them to know they have a place in their area to turn to.

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