ALICE, Texas — After being closed to help slow the spread of the COVID-19, the Alice Food Pantry has re-opened its doors and is now ready to serve its community once again.
In order to keep with social-distancing guidelines, the food pickup procedures have changed.
“We were closed for about 3-4 weeks, and then we started picking it up again so now we do the drive-thru. We get about 75-100 people, you know families,” said Alice Food Pantry volunteer Hector Chapa.
Food pantries stay busy even in the best of economic times; the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a spike in demand for hundreds of people in Alice.
“It is important because a lot of people are in need right now with the way things are" Chapa said. "A lot of people are without jobs,”
For volunteers like Chapa, who has been giving back to his community for more than 20 years, this is more than just putting boxes of food into cars.
“It is a great opportunity, and like I said, it makes you feel good, you know, helping out people,” said Chapa.
Members of the Alice Volunteer Services will be serving up to 75 families with groceries such as bread, protein and dry or canned food items on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9 a.m.
The Alice Food Pantry has been serving the community since 1983.
For more information visit: http://www.alicevolunteers.org/