This month I did something I have been long reluctant to do because I did not think I qualified due to income and a FT job.
I looked into Food Pantry programs to see their locations, hours and requirements and settled on a few to visit.
A week ago I went to a Vietnamese Adult Community Center, a mile from home, that offers a food pantry...
A person can sign up to come by once a month and be given a large box of pantry items...
Canned goods such as fruit, veggies and beans, juice, pasta, cookies, baking sugar and other things.
I brought the stash home and sorted it out for my pantry.
That afternoon I took 2 buses on a 2 hour trip, from where I live in West Houston, to a location way on the east side of the city.
The first bus hugged Brays Bayou, and went the Texas Medical Center District and the 2nd went through downtown and the old 5th Ward.
It traveled through neighborhoods with beat up clapboard houses narrow streets no sidewalks and few shopping centers.
The return home took an extra hour due to the bus scheduling and busy evening traffic.
My destination? The Houston Food Bank Emergency Food Program.
Signing up allows me to, once a month, come in and shop for what I want in a space set up like a market, with frozen meat, dairy, veggies, fruit, and pantry items that you pick from based on item limits and availability at the time you shop.
The place is open 3-8pm.
I got there at 4, was interviewed at 515pm and finished shopping an hour later....I brought home 4 re-useable large blue Walmart bags full in my red cart.