We know this sounds amazing, but it’s true. At Amazing Grace Food Pantry, everyone is a volunteer… including the Board of Directors. While the lack of salaries alone brings costs down considerably, the idea that $10 is enough to provide a family of 4 nearly all of their monthly food needs seems far-fetched.
As a proud agency member with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), we enjoy a great relationship with NTFB and their retail partners such as Walmart, Target, Kroger and many more. Some items come to our pantry through direct orders with NTFB. However, much of the food and household goods we acquire come from these retail partners as donations. Combine this benefit with donations from generous community members and you can see how assembling a weekly box of staples, grains, meats and dairy products comes to cost very little. Thanks to Operation Kindness, we also provide pet food so our clients’ pets don’t go hungry as well.
Why is this important? Not only does this allow us to help so many more people in need, it also allows those looking to donate to support the pantry a tangible amount to gauge the efficacy of their gift. Each $10 donation equates to enough food for a family of 4 for a month… that’s 4+ weekly visits where they receive 60-80 lbs of food plus a monthly allotment of non-food household supplies as available.
Part of that $10 goes to pay the pantry’s water, electric and trash bills, along with some portion for maintenance and future planning. Increasing efficiency and planning future expansion to meet the growing need is an important, though secondary, part of our mission to help #FightHunger in North Texas.
Want to learn more about how we serve hundreds of families each month on an extremely meager budget? Contact us to schedule a tour or to volunteer yourself or your group.