Local food pantry feeding more than 700 families taking online donations

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - A local food pantry is consistently providing food to over 700 families.

"Our food pantry is the largest one," said Jean Butler, Executive Director of the United Methodist Food Pantry. "We're the only pantry that doesn't close after twenty to thirty pantries."

Since 1954, the United Methodist Food Pantry has served the hungry in Taylor County.

"About two-thirds of our clients only come to our pantry and that's all because that's enough food to help them support what they can purchase themselves," said Butler.

The pantry has recently seen a significant rise in families coming in for food.

"In 2004 when I started, we saw 30 clients a month and now we're six, seven hundred clients a month or more," said Butler.

Recognizing the need for funds, the pantry is now taking donations through an online non-profit organization. 

"The Red Basket is a program that's run by the Woodmen Insurance Company and you donate online and then they put money in online," said Butler.

With 15 days left in their campaign, the pantry has set a significant goal for funding.

"They felt that we should try to get 30 thousand dollars from this campaign," said Butler.
The funds raised through the Red Basket campaign will go to the food banks so the pantry can provide more food to more families.

"A lot of people are having trouble, people living on disability or lower retirement pay, social security, and people who can't make it working full time," said Butler.
To donate, go to https://redbasket.org/1429/united-methodist-food-pantry

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