By Jess Houser
Before COVID-19, North Bosque Helping Hands Food Pantry (NBHH) in Meridian served an average of 140 clients per month. As the virus started to peak, numbers at NBHH also increased.
Last month, however, those numbers were lower than expected. Many people are returning to work or have received help from other resources (senior services center, community members, or increased SNAP benefits).
“We had a low turn out last month,” NBHH Treasurer Dennis Green said. “We were about 20 percent lower than average.”
Regardless of the decrease in clients, NBHH is fully stocked and ready for families in need.
In addition to the regular food deliveries from Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB), about 5,000 pounds of various food products in preportioned boxes. Green said they would open the boxes and divide the food in order to keep track of what they give away.
Green said they were recently able to purchase a new refrigerator in order to store overstock of cold produce and other items. The refrigerator was purchased with allocated donation funds.
“We were running out of space,” Green said regarding the purchase.
Once a month, families can receive food from NBHH. During COVID-19 limitations, volunteers provide curbside service to clients.
- 8:45-11:45 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday
- 5-7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month
For more information, to volunteer or to donate visit the NBHH Facebook page or call them at (254) 435-6926.