Who we are...
The Community Food Pantry in Tool exists to serve the community by extending a helping hand and providing food, support, and love for those in our community who are dealing with difficult life circumstances.
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Background & History
The Community Food Pantry has been providing supplemental food to families in Henderson County, Texas for over 30 years. We began operating out of a small closet in 1983. Driven by need, we have expanded to a facility of over 1,800 square feet. We receive and collect donated food from Brookshire’s Grocery Store, the East Texas Food Bank, Kings Storehouse, local food producers and private individuals. We sort, organize, store and distribute over 100,000 pounds of food each year, without charge, to low income families living in Henderson County. The number of clients we serve continues to increase each year. In the past year alone, we served 9,295 individuals. In 2014, it is estimated that we will almost double this amount.
In providing supplemental food to our clients and learning about their individual needs, we have found that most face numerous obstacles and that providing supplemental food is not enough to alleviate their suffering and help them move towards greater self-sufficiency. In our quest to help address these issues, we found that there are existing programs and resources available but they were not being fully utilized due to lack of accessibility, lack of awareness of the programs, or inability to navigate the multiple facets of the enrollment process. With this in mind, we have provided a caring individual to assist them and discuss in detail possible avenues of support. We have helped many to receive additional benefits through SNAP; directed families to other sources of assistance within our community when unable to meet the high costs of medications and large utility bills; have assisted in meeting a young mother’s urgent dental needs; and directed several individuals to possible job opportunities.