Grocery bank giveaway in Corpus Christi

Each box contains things like canned food, pasta, and cereal. People also got fresh produce.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – One local organization that has seen firsthand how people are financially affected by the pandemic is Coastal Bend Food Bank.

In fact, the number of families they serve has increased by 30 percent. Some of them don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

On Wednesday, the grocery bank at the Garcia Arts and Education Center held one of their grocery giveaways in front of Agnes.

“It means a lot to be honest. Really helps us when things get crazy. I’ve lost my job for about two months. Things are getting better, but payments, bills, nothing stops just because you’re sick,” said one Woman who was in line for help.

The payout was made by the non-profit organization and is just one more example of the need in the eleven regions in which they operate.

The event started at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday and ended two hours later when boxes of groceries were served to 250 families.

Each box contains things like canned food, pasta, and cereal. People also got fresh produce.

“There was a need before, but since COVID hit our community directly, the need has increased,” said Micaela Stewart of Coastal Bend Food Bank.

Stewart said they kept getting more and more calls for help. In fact, support has increased 30 percent, and it’s the same heartbreaking stories over and over again.

“I don’t know if I can pay rent or buy groceries for my family. So many people are affected and that’s why the food bank is here. We’re here to help people get back on their feet,” said Stewart.

“There are a lot of hungry people in this community right now,” said volunteer Dottie Adair.

Adair is with the Rotary Club Northwest, which is happy to support the Food Bank. She said you don’t realize the need in the church until you see it firsthand.

“Even here I helped register the cars and we walked about 8 blocks,” Adair said.

The people at the food bank said they wouldn’t be able to keep up with the increased demand without volunteers like Dottie and her team of workers boxing and loading the trucks.

The food bank could always use a few more hands in the ongoing effort to make sure people don’t go without food on the table.

For more information on how to get assistance from the food bank or if you are interested in volunteering, call (361) 887-6291.

For the latest updates on Coronavirus in Coastal Bend, click here.

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