Texoma food pantries running on empty

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

GRAYSON CO, TX-This summer, food pantries across the United States and here in Texoma are in desperate need of donations. Both the Grayson County Shelter and Salvation Army have already seen dozens of families asking for food.
Major Helene Wildish of the Salvation Army said, with kids out of school for the summer, parents now have to serve three meals a day instead of one or two and the summer's only half over.
Grayson County Shelter executive director, Ashley Earls, said they have run out of food to give to those in need.

"I'm very very sad because it's very difficult to see a mom come in and say 'I really need food for my child' and we have to say 'we just don't have it to give,'" she said.

Earls said lately about 40 people who need food knock on their doors every week.

"We are no longer able to help people in the community. Within the last year, we've given out 1500 food boxes to various families in the communities and we're not able to give out any right now," she said.

The Grayson County Salvation Army face the same problem.

"We've always had a high number of people that we serve, but we especially see these higher numbers because the kids are out of school and the parents are having to serve a much higher amount of meals."

Major Helene Wildish said they've seen about 60 families a week asking for food assistance.

"Our pantry is very low on canned goods and also the staple products like Macaroni and cheese, rice, hamburger helper, pastas," she said.

Both Wildish and Earls said donations are also down.

"Donations are going quite slowly right now. A lot of people, it's not that they forget about us, it's just that they have busy lives as well," she said.

"The agency that gives us donations is trying to help everybody, so we're not getting the donations from them like before," said Earls.

"We just don't want anyone to go hungry or go to bed without any food in their stomach. Because one of the things that's most important is that children and moms and dads have the proper nutrition everyday," said Wildish.

"We here at the shelter are gonna do everything we can. We're working on it to see if we can get other donations," said Earls.

If you would like to help, you can drop off any food or money donations to the Salvation Army and the Grayson County Shelter.

Salvation Army
5700 Texoma Parkway
Sherman, TX
903-868-9602

Grayson County Shelter
331 West Morton Street
Denison, TX
903-465-6041


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  • by Mickey Location: Denison on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    Instead of just harping about the undeserving getting something for free, "Anonymous" and his ilk should volunteer to make the determination as to who is truly deserving and who isn't. They obviously have the superior intellect and a crystal ball for a cranium. Hey he already determined that 90% are abusing charity. Ninety percent! And he never got his fat posterior out from behind his laptop to make that determination. A truly remarkable individual.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 at 01:52 PM in reply to Mickey
      Wrong as usual, Mickey. I live 1 block from the biggest food pantry in Bryan county and have volunteered there. No one should use a food pantry for more than 30 days because they can get food stamps in that amount of time. A family of 4 can get 700 dollars plus in food stamps and my family, who could qualify but won't accept, spends about 500 in a month. Yes, it is abused. Only those in an emergency situation that need help until food stamps can be secured have any business visiting a food bank, but the same people come week after week even though they receive plenty in food stamps. Most of them are morbidly obese to boot!
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        by Mickey on Jul 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM in reply to
        So you are suggesting your volunteer work involved determining who is actually needy? I seriously doubt it. In fact, IF you ever did any volunteer work there at all it more than likely involved delivering some goods that someone else had donated. Furthermore, I don't believe someone with your superiority complex is earning so little that your family could qualify for any public assistance. Of course, maybe no one would want to hire someone with your attitude. Why not do as Romney suggests: get a loan from your parents and start a business. BTW, if your income is so low, your time would be better spent doing something other than posting comments on this site.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2012 at 06:27 PM in reply to Mickey
          Since I receive no public or private aid, how I spend my time is entirely my business, isn't it? And you find MY attitude to be 'superior'? How much do you think a family of five can make and still qualify for food stamps? You might be shocked. If you volunteered at a food bank, you probably would be even more shocked at who shows up week after week. I once did a remodel in a neighborhood in S Dallas, two doors down from a Salvation Army food bank. Every Tuesday the same people would walk up the street, get a bag or two of groceries and try to sell them to us before they walked into the crack house/grocery store across the street. They came out of the house without their bag of groceries. Really, you people that feel so morally superior need to get out more and realize just how prevalent the abuse is. Those who suffer for that are the truly needy, but the naive and generous with other people's money crowd don't really care about that because it doesn't make THEM feel good and that is what is most important, right?
  • by Jennifer Location: Denison on Jul 11, 2012 at 07:08 AM
    Did you have something to eat today? Many in our area do not. Hunger knows no season. Now is YOUR chance to LOVE on our community! We are also collecting donations (food or monetary) at FBC Denison 601 W. Woodard St to deliver to our local food pantries and shelter. Or of course you can bring donation to Salvation Army or Grayson County Shelter directly. “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of ? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” - Micah 6:8 Visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/443031122394632/
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    The shame is that 90 percent of the recipients are abusing the charity of others who would gladly help those truly in need.
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      by Amber on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM in reply to
      You know people like you make me very angry.... Given, there is people who abuse the charities but not 90 percent.. These days, it's very easy to find yourself in need of help.. I am a 28 year old single mother with 2 jobs and it's hard for me to make ends meet much less by groceries for the house. I don't go to these charities for help, I just wing it. But if I did get help from these charities, people like you would say I'm abusing it. Just because you see me in my paid for 94' mustang and working all the time. You think I should have the money for food. WAKE UP...... You must be a person with plenty of money and never have to worry about these sort of things... With the costs of EVERYTHING going sky high, most of all FOOD.... Its no wonder they are running out.. Theft is even increasing.. Regular people (poor folks) are finding it a very hard task to provide for their families.. While the middle class and upper class find excuses like your own not to help.. So, you can go buy that boat or bike or go on vacation. If you have ALWAYS had money, then you will have no CLUE what its REALLY LIKE.. ITS THE HARDEST THING IVE EVER DONE.. And I've been working sense I was 15.... Yes, people can change their situations, go back to college, ect. But it's just NOT THAT EASY... Not for people like me, who has no one to depend on but ME..
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        by bubba on Jul 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM in reply to Amber
        amber, ain't this about it?? "The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff."
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        by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM in reply to Amber
        Clearly you could receive help, but refuse it? Why? Because you CAN get by, apparently. I know from experience that the same people raid the food pantries every week and collect food stamps too! I could qualify for food stamps, but instead I skip meals because I can get by without eating three times a day. A little hunger would do most of us some good. Go watch the lines at the nearest food pantry and see them waddle up to get their good bag and see how many of them come in the same car, likely live in the same house!
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      by Amber on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM in reply to
      You know people like you make me very angry.... Given, there is people who abuse the charities but not 90 percent.. These days, it's very easy to find yourself in need of help.. I am a 28 year old single mother with 2 jobs and it's hard for me to make ends meet much less by groceries for the house. I don't go to these charities for help, I just wing it. But if I did get help from these charities, people like you would say I'm abusing it. Just because you see me in my paid for 94' mustang and working all the time. You think I should have the money for food. WAKE UP...... You must be a person with plenty of money and never have to worry about these sort of things... With the costs of EVERYTHING going sky high, most of all FOOD.... Its no wonder they are running out.. Theft is even increasing.. Regular people (poor folks) are finding it a very hard task to provide for their families.. While the middle class and upper class find excuses like your own not to help.. So, you can go buy that boat or bike or go on vacation. If you have ALWAYS had money, then you will have no CLUE what its REALLY LIKE.. ITS THE HARDEST THING IVE EVER DONE.. And I've been working sense I was 15.... Yes, people can change their situations, go back to college, ect. But it's just NOT THAT EASY... Not for people like me, who has no one to depend on but ME..
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      by Nell on Jul 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM in reply to
      So true! People have learned how to work the system and our current government encourages it. I think this abuse of the system, along with the crippled economy, are why giving is down. Such a shame. We need a new direction soon.
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      by Logic on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM in reply to
      Where do you get these figures? 90% really? HOW did you arrive at that number? Define "truly in need". Jobless with a family to feed? And even if the parents were slackers, the children still need food eh? But seriously...90%? I guess we need to just get rid of all charity and assistance right? Is that the excuse you would use? I bet it is...
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        by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM in reply to Logic
        Those in need can get food stamps easily. People on food stamps with the same number in the family as I have spend more on groceries than I did when I did have plenty of money and much more than we spend today! I could qualify now, but I won't until I can't do well enough to keep my kids healthy no matter how hard I try. I would never stoop so low as to expect others to take care of me or mine when I am capable. What is the fastest growing sector in the US? It isn't the employed, it's the numbers on SS disability! There have never been a higher percentage on food stamps, either! What a bunch of whining wimps...
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    People who are desperate enough for food can get on benefits. The Obama admin is strongly encouraging it anyway. He has added millions to the welfare line and wants many more. The more people who get on are just more votes for him to keep his job and fly around, at the working man's expense, with his family on nice monthly vacations, etc. Why work! Get on benefits!
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