Good Shepherd Mission is looking to restock its shelves.
The non-profit food bank and shelter has became a fixture in the community and strives helps many people in their darkest hours. However, following the busy holiday season, the mission is asking for the community’s help.
“Normally our shelves are filled to the top or overflowing, but we barely have one row on them,” said Merry Graham, the food service supervisor at the mission. “We had our busy holiday season, but we are now serving more regularly.”
The group recently moved from food service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to five-days a week. Each day, a full meal is served for lunch and dinner, in addition to continental breakfasts for those staying in the shelter.
“We serve anywhere from 20 to 70 people at each meal,” Graham added. “Lately, it has been closer to 70 for each meal.”
The meals are cooked concurrently each day prior to lunch service, with each meal consisting of a different type of meat with fresh veggies and different sides.
“A lot of the time, much of our food is made from scratch,” Graham said. “I’ve had to make cornbread from scratch lately because our supplies are so thin.”
The mission receives donations from local grocery stores and restaurants, many of which donate meats and vegetables. Restaurants also donate different entrees and desserts.
“The grocery stores have been a blessing to us,” Graham added. “We receive our meats and breads from Kroger and H-E-B and get desserts from Olive Garden. Chipotle also donates their beef to the Mission. There are a lot of giving people locally and we are very grateful.”
Although the community support from businesses has been of great benefit to the Good Shepherd Mission, supplies are still running thin. Following the holidays, giving and donations tend to drop dramatically, according to officials.
Donations to the Good Shepherd Mission can be made online at thegsmission.org or at the facility.