(ROCKWALL,TX– July 29, 2015) The Lake Pointe Church food pantry and North Texas Food Bank are making a positive impact on the community through LP food pantry’s CHOICE Day program, helping to end local hunger while sharing Christ and building believers.
Lake Pointe Church began a partnership with the NTFB in January 2014, and through this partnership has been able to expand its food pantry and open it for client shopping once a week every Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., known as CHOICE Day. And now, effective September 17, client shopping will also be available the third Thursday of every month in the evening, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Clients must have a picture ID and will be signed in once the LP food pantry’s doors open. As a great way to get to know each client, Lake Pointe volunteers personally interview clients before handing them a shopping list. Once it’s their turn to shop, clients can then pick out items they know their family will enjoy.
The LP food pantry receives support from Kroger, which provides day-old bakery goods, as well as from Bimbo Bakery, which pitches in loaves of bread weekly for the cause.
“Many of our clients are in need of social community as much as they need food,” said Treci Loya, compassion ministry associate at Lake Pointe. “We hope they will see Lake Pointe as a place to feel at home and make the connection to some wonderful people in our community, while ultimately finding the love of Christ. We serve our clients with compassion and respect. Seeing the gratitude they give back, over receiving something most of us take for granted, is our blessing!”
Of course, LP food pantry would not be able to serve its community without the generous people of the church, the NTFB and many dedicated volunteers. “Volunteers make CHOICE Day possible,” Loya said.
According to the NTFB, there are over 10,000 people in our community that are food insecure, meaning they have to decide whether to pay for basic housing needs or food. The LP food pantry currently averages about 60 families per week and that number is expected to rise as more people become aware of this service. The food pantry serves residents in need in zip codes 75032, 75087, 75089 and surrounding zips depending on the situation.
By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News reporter. Photo submitted by Treci Loya.
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