Food Pantry Helps 400 Needy Families

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    Hundreds of low income families received a boost Thursday at the CitySquare food pantry in Dallas. (Published Thursday, April 24, 2014)

    Hundreds of low income families received a boost Thursday at the CitySquare Opportunity Center in Dallas.

    CitySquare's Food Pantry teamed up with Feed the Children to give 400 families food and personal care items.

    This was the second year for the event and families headed out early to start lining up at the CitySquare Opportunity Center several hours before the food was to be handed out. The first family was there at 5:30 a.m.

    Many of the families we spoke with say anything they can receive is helpful.

    “I think it’s a blessing,” said Jessie Armstrong, who was one of the families selected to receive items.

    All of the items donated were brought to the facility in a huge semitrailer. Volunteers unloaded everything in large piles to make it easier to hand it out.

    "We are going to have a box of hygiene,” said CitySquare food pantry director Teresa Castaneda. “We are going to have a box of food, a box of makeup, and then we will have produce as well.”

    The volunteers formed a line and filled each family’s car with the items starting at 8 a.m.

    “This is kind of to supplement for a week for low income families,” said Castaneda. “Where they don’t get SNAP, or they don’t have a job, just to supplement for the month.”

    Many needy families were already thinking about others when they came to pick up their food.

    “Some of my neighbors, somebody else need something, I can help them too when they can’t do it by themselves,” said Armstrong.

    CitySquare organizers said volunteers are always needed to help out. Click here to find more information on how you can volunteer.