This is the first of periodical articles which will update you of happenings at the Mason County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. During the September food distribution, we provided food for approximately 250 individuals, or about 79 Mason County families. Roughly 30 of those receiving food were over the age of 65, the remainder being equally divided between the under-18 age group and the 19-65 age group.
Food products aren’t the only items distributed at the food bank. This month, thanks to anonymous donors, each child seven years and younger received a three months supply of yummy vitamins! In addition, for several months now the Mason County Library has been providing board books for children five years and younger. These have been enthusiastically received by the kids - one young man took his book, immediately sat down with it and refused to move until he had looked at all the pictures.
Our food distribution this month was enhanced by the addition of frozen casseroles provided by the Community Kitchen, ground pork products from an anonymous donor, sweets provided by Topaz Confections, and fresh produce in the form of new, red potatoes and butternut squash from Buena Tierra Farm in Fredonia. Our thanks to all these generous folks!
In our attempts to provide “a hand-up, not just a hand-out”, the food bank is compiling a list of individuals who have indicated an interest in working at odd jobs for hourly wages. The food bank will NOT provide anything more than a name and telephone number. You will be responsible for determining hourly wage, competency for the work, transportation, if needed, and supervision.
Monthly food distribution is accomplished by volunteers, mostly from the various churches comprising the Mason County Ministerial Alliance. However, the only requirement for volunteering at the food bank is a desire to serve the less fortunate in Mason County - all are welcome. If you need more incentive to volunteer, the Journal of Psychology and Aging recently published an article which links volunteering with lowering the risk of high blood pressure - seriously folks! If your volunteer calendar is already full, but you still want to support the food bank, monetary support is always welcome. The Mason County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) organization - donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 690, Mason, TX, 76856.
If you have any questions about the food bank, or its operations, or simply want to see us in operation, contact 325-347-2878. We distribute food each month, beginning on the second Monday - Wednesday of each month, 3-5:30PM. Hope to hear from you.