Alamo Heights Christian Church
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

AHCC Food Pantry



Our Mission Statement:

We strive to provide food for anyone who walks through our doors. Each is welcomed with a smile and treated with dignity and respect. We do not pretend to solve the problem of hunger in our society, but we can make today a bit more tolerable for those in our midst who are hungry. 


 ~AHCC Food Pantry Blog~
   The HOPE Mission Statement for AHCC is: We strive to provide food for anyone who walks through our doors. Each is welcomed with a smile and treated with dignity and respect. We do not pretend to solve the problem of hunger in our society, but we can make today a bit more tolerable for those in our midst who are hungry. This simple mission statement has served us well so far, as we look forward to the rest of 2017. Consider this: We are a group of dedicated volunteers, children, teens, adults and seniors, all dedicated to the HOPE (Helping Other People Eat) mission. Nothing goes to waste. We share whatever we have with our clients, other churches, and various people in need and even provide foodstuff to animals! Our July 2016 workload was 92 families and 447 individuals, with an average of 47 pounds of food per individual. Compare this to April 2017, nine months tracking forward: 95 families and 408 Individuals, with an average of 52 lbs. of food per individual. So where does the AHCC Food Pantry and others like us go in 2018 to meet the HOPE Mission? Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center depends on fundraising—through donations, grants and its two annual events. Those events—the Empty Bowl Project and Painting with a Twist Parties have been extremely well attended and much acclaimed; their success is absolutely essential to the Food Pantry to fulfill its mission and to buffer the uncertainty of grant funding. Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Illinois looks at Outreach this way: “We believe Outreach simply means living like Jesus did. Seeing people for who they really are… Loving people where they’re at… showing them the ridiculous love of God… and inviting them to embrace and experience the hope that can only be found in Jesus.“ Their Food Pantry is a local outreach ministry providing food, paper products, detergent, and personal hygiene items, for ~ 20 families a week, or until they run out of food. The Good Samaritan Adel Food Pantry (Adel, Iowa) in 2017 operates Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 PM, going from one day to two days, as their donations and funding increased 20% over 2016. And AHCC? We are aggressively working with our Corporate Partners to address food insufficiency, a state that many of our consumers know as they are unable to obtain a sufficient amount of healthy food on a day-to-day basis. As a result of food insecurity, people suffer from chronic hunger and poor nutrition, and are, therefore, less likely to have healthy and productive lives. We rely on our Corporate Partners for food support, at reduced rates or free. For example, on March 31, 2017, the Team picked up > 2,200 pounds of food and food products at no cost! Our Corporate Sponsors come through our partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, without either none of this would be possible.