St. George Food Pantry Emergency Appeal
- 2012 St. George Food
Pantry Emergency Appeal
[PHARR] St. George Food Pantry began in 2003 in response to the great poverty and immediate need found within the local community of Pharr, Texas. Located just miles from the border with Mexico, St. George Food Pantry has fed over 53,000 people since it began, including more than 26,000 children as well as numerous elderly and handicapped.
Sponsored by St. George Orthodox Church, a Parish in the Orthodox Church in American Diocese of the South, the local Church is made up of a diverse population which has consistently served its neighbors since its founding in 1979.
Although the local Parish is small and financially challenged with no Orthodox neighbors or sister Churches nearby to help with this important work, the Food Pantry has been able to keep afloat financially for the past eight and a half years. The Food Pantry has been blessed by financial support shared by both grant sources and individual contributions, and by a rare but most welcomed check sent by other Orthodox Churches in the Diocese.
However, as of August 1st of this year, St. George Food Pantry's funding balance includes less money than it takes to run the program for a single month. This is due to several factors. First of all, individual contributions have fallen off in recent years, due to the challenging economy. Second, for various reasons, several consistent grant sources did not come through for 2012.
St. George Food Pantry receives most of its food from the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. The program's per person cost is only $1.25. Several other food pantries in the local community have either scaled down service or closed their doors entirely in recent times. If emergency funds are not quickly raised, St. George Food Pantry must either drastically reduce services or close down until additional funds can be found.
With available funds alone, St. George Food Pantry can open one time in August. After that, unless a funding infusion come in, the program must temporarily close to participants. This would be a great loss to the local community, as well as to St. George Orthodox Church's outreach ministries.
Please consider helping St. George Food Pantry as an individual, family, business or parish! All donations are tax deductible. Many heartfelt thanks from St. George Church and its numerous St. George Food Pantry recipients! Donations can be shared by mail at:
St. George Food Pantry
c/o St. George Orthodox Church
PO Box 667
Pharr, TX 78577
Or share online via PayPal at the "Make a Donation" button link on the bottom of the page at: http://www.stgeorgepantry.org/
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