Covenant Life Church will host a mobile pantry with the North Texas Food Bank from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 8, at its parking lot, 423 N. College St., Waxahachie.
The initiative is part of the Mobile Pantry Disaster Relief program.
Community members are asked to arrive early to complete a simple questionnaire. Food is distributed on a first come, first serve basis to qualifying households. The free food to be distributed includes a varying menu of fresh fruits and vegetables and dry goods as available.
In the past, Covenant Life has hosted a mobile pantry once a month since April 2018. With the disaster declaration relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, that schedule is changing – and the community is encouraged to keep an eye on the NTFB website for upcoming dates. This is the second distribution hosted by the church in the past two weeks.
During the most recent distribution, more than 400 cars had been through the line with more than one hour left of service and with a number of vehicles picking up for more than one family. Lead pastor Jon Bell estimates as many as 1,000 families were served.
“This is about loving God, loving people,” he said. “It’s fulfilling to be able to do this.”
Serving as the church’s lead organizer for the partnership with the North Texas Food Bank is Kimi Potter.
“I want to reach as many people as possible (about the initiative),” she said. “People don’t need to be modest. If you need help, get help.”
As part of the initiative, church volunteers help make deliveries to those families without transportation and to the elderly, she said.
Each food box contains a variety of shelf-stable items, including juice, rice, beans and soup along with canned vegetables and fruit.
Qualifying recipients have a household income of $60,000 or less and or have suffered an emergency/qualifying event such as having lost a job, unexpected expense or having to take care of a family member. As each car enters the parking lot, the driver will be handed the simple form to fill out. If picking up for more than one family, the driver will fill out a form for each.
After completing the form(s), the car enters the lineup, where a volunteer takes a photo of it through the window. The driver is then handed the food box(es) through the window so as to maintain social distancing.
Those with questions may visit the North Texas Food Bank’s website at https://ntfb.org/mobile-pantry/ or contact the church at 972-937-5129.
Visit the church’s website at http://www.usachurches.org/church/covenant-life-church-waxahachie.htm.