PHARR, TEXAS. Planted in the Texas borderlands with Mexico in one of the most impoverished regions of the nation, St. George's Orthodox Church responds to its neighbors. Located in mid-Hidalgo County, the parish's Food Pantry tries meeting the continual needs of its low-income neighbors. St. George's Food Pantry first opened in mid-2004. So far this year, the program gave food and other goods to over 800 families, including nearly 2,200 children and many elderly and handicapped. More hungry families wait on St. George's steps each time the Food Pantry opens its doors. At present, the Food Pantry is open two Wednesdays per month. In late September, the last time this project provided service, over sixty-five families received food boxes.
Of the four financially-challenged Rio Grande Valley counties of South Texas, Hidalgo County remains the most impoverished within the region. The pantry's recipients include mostly families who simply do not have enough income to make ends meet or to properly feed their children. Most recipients speak only Spanish.
Hitherto, St. George the Great Martyr Orthodox Church, parishioners, local businesses and the Pharr Area Emergency Food Pantry Fund, adequately supported the Food Pantry's expenses. Additional funds come from individuals and families, both locally and from around the nation. However, because of the critical needs created in the region by the recent Gulf coast hurricanes, financial aid for many local projects remains completely depleted. At present, no operating funds exist for St. Georges Food Pantry. The program urgently needs financial contributions. In addition, the Food Pantry requests donations of staple and canned food goods, as well as local volunteers. At 14 cents a pound, a cash donation of only $20.00 purchases nearly 140 pounds of food from the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank. The Food Bank also makes available nearly the same amount of "freebie" food items -- primarily perishable fresh fruits, vegetables and baked goods.
A regular, monthly donation to the Food Pantry could make all the difference in funding the program's continuation. The Food Pantry welcomes monthly pledges from families, individuals, churches, community organizations or businesses. Every cent contributed goes towards the purchase of food and goods given directly to Food Pantry recipients.
Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: St. George's Orthodox Church; PO Box 667; Pharr, Texas 78577. For additional information, please call Fr. Antonio Perdomo, Project Director, at 956-781-6114 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please see the program's website at: www.stgeorgepantry.org .
St. George the Great Martyr Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 667
Pharr, TX 78577-0667