Covenant with Christ opens new food pantry

Marissa Nunez/The Huntsville ItemPallets of assorted food items were unloaded by community volunteers Wednesday morning into the new Covenant with Christ Walker County's food pantry, located at 1330 Avenue N. The food pantry is open to the community every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Each day, families and individuals in Walker County struggle to make ends meet and worry about when their next meal will be — until now.

In partnership with the Houston Food Bank, Covenant with Christ Walker County is striving to help feed those in need through its new food pantry, which open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its location at 1330 Avenue N.

“We see the need in Walker County, and we’re an agency with the Houston Food Bank and they let us know what the need was,” manager Christine Shippey said. “We started making inquiries and we found out that approximately 14,000 families have food inadequacies in Walker County. That’s a lot when you consider they don’t know where it’s coming from and we wanted to help fill that need. We are working in Walker and Trinity counties.”

The food pantry officially opened its doors last week, and is open anyone in the Huntsville-Walker County community who are needing assistance with gathering much-needed food items.

Those who qualify can choose from an assortment of foods including fresh produce, various snack products, dairy products, meat and desserts. A few of the items include onion, carrots, potatoes, apples, peanut butter, apple juice, flour, pasta, canned vegetables, pies, donuts, bagels, bread and more.

Shippey explains that no identification is required to qualify, but folks will need to fill out paperwork prior to utilizing the food pantry.

“If they’re receiving any type of assistance, or they recently lost their jobs, they automatically qualify,” Shippey said. “We do ask some questions because we have to to be accountable with the food, but if they’re hungry they can get food, that’s what we’re here for. They don’t have to bring anything, they just have to show up.”

Churches and other nonprofit organizations in the community interested in setting up food assistance services and events, Shippey says Covenant with Christ Walker County will work with other organizations to organize its own event.

This Saturday, the Huntsville Pentecostal Church, located at 7324 Highway 75 South, will be hosting “Food for Families” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those who are unable to stop by Covenant with Christ Walker County on Friday.

Shippey says they are currently in need of volunteers to help run the food pantry during business hours, and those interested, can contact Covenant with Christ Walker County via the organization’s Facebook page or by calling (281) 592-5007. 

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