Second helpings given out by SA Food Bank



San Antonio Food Bank Chief of Government and Public Affairs Mario Obledo Jr., rallies the group of volunteers before distributing 11 pallets worth of food at the May 16 Mega Food Distribution at the Atascosa County Courthouse. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

San Antonio Food Bank Chief of Government and Public Affairs Mario Obledo Jr., rallies the group of volunteers before distributing 11 pallets worth of food at the May 16 Mega Food Distribution at the Atascosa County Courthouse. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

For the second time in as many months, the San Antonio Food Bank, in conjunction with the First Baptist Church of Jourdanton and Atascosa County, handed out food items to families in need during the coronavirus crisis.

On Saturday, May 16, the San Antonio Food Bank’s Mega Distribution handed out 11 pallets of food to a mile-long line of cars of pre-registered recipients outside the Atascosa County Courthouse. The registration was upped from 500 families for April 18 to 800 families for May 16.

“We’re just humbled, privileged and proud to serve 16 counties in Southwest Texas, including Atascosa County,” said Mario Obledo Jr., Chief of Government and Public Affairs at the San Antonio Food Bank. “Last month at the distribution here at the courthouse in Jourdanton, we were able to feed many families and nourish them, give them the opportunity to set their table with food so they can continue as they try to make ends meet during this pandemic.”

Obledo praised Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley and staff for their continued help to set up the distribution.

Volunteers work to prepare 11 pallets of food for the second Mega Food Distribution event put on by the San Antonio Food Bank in conjunction with Atascosa County and the First Baptist Church of Jourdanton. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Volunteers work to prepare 11 pallets of food for the second Mega Food Distribution event put on by the San Antonio Food Bank in conjunction with Atascosa County and the First Baptist Church of Jourdanton. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“Judge Hurley and the county are just gracious hosts,” Obledo said. “We have a good mix of product here that will help nourish them. A lot of people have lost their jobs because of this crisis we’re dealing with. If we’re able to bridge the gap and help their family, the folks that have been struggling, it just makes it that much better for us to fight hunger and feed hope here in Atascosa County.”

Families received a mix of fruit, vegetables, meat and protein during Saturday’s distribution.

Rene Walker, the Food Pantry Director and Church Secretary for First Baptist Church in Jourdanton, remained encouraged by the turnout for Saturday’s distribution.

“I think it’s great to have everybody here,” Walker said. “I know the people have gone to our website and registered. Some people have called us and we just tell them to get in line. Hopefully, they get the food they need.”

Walker was happy to see the people of Atascosa County come together for the April 18 distribution and she felt the same for Saturday’s distribution.

Obledo echoed Walker’s sentiment, adding the central location has helped make the two distributions a success.

“It makes it that much better for us,” Obledo said. “The setup is great. The logistics [are great] here, when you look at them — the layout, the roundabout. We’re able to get people in and out in a timely fashion. It’s very easy to get the product ready to offload it from our tractor trailer and get it prepared by the volunteers.”

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