Food insecurity knows no borders, holidays
By BY ROBIN CADLE
Nov. 23, 2013 at 5:23 a.m.
Well, the holidays are upon us already, and our mission of "helping heal the hurt of hunger" is a task that reaches beyond the realm of just the Food Bank. The Food Bank works with network member agencies to provide for those who are at risk of "food insecurity." The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as meaning "consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year." We are in one of those times of the year.
Hunger knows no borders, and it takes everyone working together to solve the problem of hunger. We have more than a hundred agencies (such as food pantries and soup kitchens) across our 11-county service area helping to provide for those who are at risk of food insecurity. In the Victoria area, Christ's Kitchen, located at 611 Warren Ave., will be closed Thanksgiving Day but will open Friday at 11 a.m. The Salvation Army, at 1302 N. Louis, will provide a meal Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m.
We rely heavily on donations received from communities, both in food and monetary donations, and can leverage a donated dollar much farther than the average consumer. Every dollar donated represents eight meals that the Food Bank can purchase for those in need.
The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (FBGC) remains committed to the needs of the food insecure here in Victoria and in our surrounding counties of Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio and Wharton.
We also offer outreach services for those in need to help guide them through the application process for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicare and Medicaid, Children's Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Texas Women's Healthcare. The outreach coordinator is bilingual and able to assist clients in Spanish and English.
Not only during the holiday season, but also every day, we fight hunger. There is still much work to do, not only during the holiday season but also every day. But together, we will succeed. Together, we will make sure that this holiday will be happier for all in our communities.
If you have any questions or want more information, please contact us at the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent at 361-578-0591. Also, drop by our website at tfbgc.org to find a complete listing of agencies in our 11 counties offering assistance or visit us for a tour of the Food Bank facility at 3809 E. Rio Grande St. in Victoria. We are grateful for your support, and together, we can make sure that hungry people in our community are able to celebrate this time of thankfulness.
Robin Cadle is the executive director of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent.