ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – Until the school year starts back up, Abilene ISD has stopped its feeding program, so Highland Church of Christ is providing temporary sites to feed kids in the area.
Becky Alamanza, who coordinates the food pantry says the sites can accommodate all families and up to sixty people at each site.
“Our main priority is children, but we also are available to feed adults as well,” Alamanza said. “Highland is utilizing over sixty volunteers in the next three weeks, and that was just an overwhelming response with ‘Yes. We need to do this.”
For parents like Darlesse Till-Cleveland, the lunchtime meal creates a peace of mind.
“Well we really are actually really low on food, close to none. So, we found out about the food pantry yesterday,” said Till-Cleveland. “As a parent, you feel kind of sad sometimes, you know all the time, when you can’t feed your kids on a regular basis or you don’t have enough to feed everybody and you’ve got to like pinch here so that everybody can have enough.”
As the next few weeks of the program continue, Till-Cleveland said she is reassured by the welcoming faces of the local church.
“As soon as we pulled up the man welcomed us in like ‘You can come in.’ It was nice.”