Local Food Banks Continue to Feed the Hungry
Every third Thursday, the Square in downtown Lexington is teeming with people waiting for the arrival of the Lexington Mobile Food Pantry. Charles Nicholson started the pantry in March of 2009 and has fed hundreds of people each month ever since.
“The demand keeps growing,” Nicholson said. “Each month, we sign up several more families. Pretty soon, we will need an 18- wheeled truck to haul in the food beginning in February or March. Walmart and HEB have already said they would supply the trucks.”
Right now, food comes from the Capital Area Food Pantry in Austin and a new poll by Gallup says 21% of Texas households were unable to afford enough food in 2009.
Nicholson, who also administers a pantry in Tanglewood and is helping to start one at Shiloh Baptist Church, said they served 164 families in Lexington in November, representing 414 individuals; 166 families in December, and 177 families, representing 571 individuals in January. Each month they distribute over 6,000 pounds of food in Lexington and at least that much in Tanglewood.
Unrelated to the food pantry efforts, but related to the ongoing need, Lee County was notified this week that it has been awarded $8,678 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program for the Fiscal Year 2010. These funds are to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the County. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, National Council of Churches and United Way of America.