Alamo Heights Christian Church
Thursday, April 27, 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~
     Let me tell you the story of a community outreach effort in southwest Virginia. The Health Wagon is a nurse-managed mobile unit delivering free health care services to the residents of the region. Their Food Bank partner is Feeding America in Southwest Virginia (FASWVA), an organization that depends on their volunteers. Dr. Teresa Gardner RN, DNP is the executive Director and Dr. Paula Hill-Meade RN, DNP is the Clinical Director for the Health Wagon. “Our average patient is 38 years old. Ninety-eight percent of our patients are uninsured. Seventy percent of them have an income of less than $20,000 annually, despite working multiple jobs. This means they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Our patients live in desperately povertystricken rural Appalachia, where they can’t afford to go to the doctor but can’t afford not to. The mobility of our health clinic means we are able to fill the gap, whether they are in-line at the food bank or at their job, we bring healthcare to them.” In 2015, more than 6000 volunteers dedicated almost 37,000 hours helping Feeding America Southwest Virginia provide emergency food assistance. Volunteers sort, repack, and load food donations; assist with special events, help with office work, build backpacks; and distribute food at mobile pantries. Because of this necessary volunteer support, FASWVA are able to function with far fewer full-time employees, thereby directing more money to programs and services that feed hungry people. That is where the AHCC Food Pantry mirrors the efforts of FASWVA. 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. Who knows what opportunities God will give us in fall 2016 to meet the food insecurity problem in San Antonio? We are ready to meet His mission