GRACE Gives Back To Children and Families in Need
Jun 09, 2016 10:17AM ● Published by Tyler Hicks
Photo via GRACE Grapevine Facebook page
Giving back to the community is important because when life gets crazy, we fail to appreciate everything we have. When we recognize that there are people out there with far less, we value a roof over our head, food on the table and a stable job that much more.
That’s why we love the GRACE Grocery Giveaway, a program that began last year. During the summertime, a pantry truck travels to a Feed Our Kids site every Friday to distribute food that is close to expiration to children and families in need.
The purpose of the GRACE Grocery Giveaway is to provide families with food before the weekend so they have meals to put on the table. After all, weekends are when families spend the most time together; why not make those days even more special by giving them food that would otherwise go to waste?
Feed Our Kids was established in 2005 with the mission to supply lunches for local children during the warm season. Feed Our Kids knows feeding children during the summertime can be challenging for guardians. That’s why it fills “hungry” weeks with sack lunches in order to alleviate parents’ stress and worry about putting food in their children’s mouths.
With an estimated 70 billion pounds of food wasted in America each year (Feeding America), it warms our hearts to see some of that food going to people who really need it. If even just half of that amount was passed out to people instead of thrown in the trash, imagine how many lives would be transformed.
GRACE is always looking for volunteers, and what better way to spend your summer days than by helping those in need. Volunteers are in charge of unloading the trucks, arranging the food distribution and passing out the food to children and families.
The hours of operation for this program are every Friday during the GCISD summer vacation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the grocery giveaway, contact Rusty Thigpen at 817.528.7085. To sign up, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044faba82ba0f94-20161.