The current economic problems have affected everyone. Continuing increases in food prices are causing more low income families to live with hunger and food insecurity. Nearly one in five adults and one in four children in Texas are food insecure. Food insecure households are those in which families have decreased the quality and quantity of food they consume because of lack of money - to the point where they are likely to be hungry on a frequent basis. It is harder than ever to make ends meet and these families have to make tough decisions between food, gas, medication, medical care and other critical needs.
The number of families requesting support from the Mason County Food Bank continues to grow. Our local Food Bank, managed by the Mason County Ministerial Alliance, provides assistance to qualifying low income families to help them with their increased need. The Food Bank is funded solely by donations and not by any governmental entities.
With your cash donations, the Ministerial Alliance can purchase food for 18 cents per pound from the Concho Valley Food Bank. They can buy much more food per dollar than we can at retail grocery stores. Our community gave the Food Bank tremendous support last year during our fundraiser and the funds from that event will be gone in the next two months. Please help us build that fund again!
Together, we can make a difference. Here are the ways that our community can support our local Food Bank:
• Support the Food Bank fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, November 14: Donate goods for sale, purchase goods or just stop buy to make a donation by cash or check.
• Donate Cash or Check anytime to the Ministerial Alliance at a local church office to enable the food bank to purchase food for 18 cents per pound.
• Support Local Food Drives held by various organizations
A Homemade Bake Sale Food Bank Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. (or until goods are sold), with all proceeds benefiting the Mason County Food Bank. The fundraiser will be held on the sidewalk in front of the David Young Law Office.
If you can donate homemade baked goods, please bring them to the fundraiser at 8:00 a.m. Please mark baked goods with the baker’s name and the type of baked good. If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Joyce Mutschink or Jane Shoemaker.