Sharing their Christmas spirit with those in need, on Wednesday afternoon the Forney Food Pantry received a truck load of food donated by several big hearted Forney residents and businesses.
After it was discovered that Forney’s Food Pantry was running low on meats and peanut butter, several area residents and business owners including Forney Mayor Rick Wilson joined together to collect a truck load of ham’s and peanut butter.
Always supportive of the families living in Forney; Brookshire’s donated 60 hams, Kroger Marketplace donated 25 hams, Edward Jones Investment Representative Faye Headley donated a large case of peanut butter and Sandra Vatsis-Taylor and Natalie Wendle donated five hams and two cases of peanut butter.
A $1,000.00 check was generously donated by Forney’s Wal-Mart to assist with the purchase of food staples, toiletries and household supplies, and Mayor Rick Wilson and his wife Sandra spent several days collecting the donations to be delivered to the Food Pantry.
Serving families living within the boundaries of the Forney Independent School District, as well as those living in Crandall, Forney’s Food Pantry is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization which is designed to help out families who need assistance obtaining good wholesome food.
Providing for the children attending school in the Forney ISD, for the second consecutive year, the Forney Food Pantry is conducting a “Food Backpack” program. Throughout this school year, 62 Forney ISD students will receive food filled backpacks every Friday afternoon to insure that they will not go hungry over the weekend.
Children who are identified by school personnel as being at risk of hunger are given a large black backpack filled with several pounds of food on Friday afternoon right before school is released, which they return empty on Monday morning.
Clothes, toiletries, books, coats and hats are also available at the pantry, and because Forney residents have a long history of helping one another, it should be noted that currently the Food Pantry is in need of canned spaghetti sauce, any type of rice, peanut butter and jelly.
The Forney Food Pantry is open only on Wednesday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at 222 Industrial Drive in the Sealy Mustang Creek Industrial Park.