Rockwall County Helping Hands food pantry is run in conjunction with the Assistance and Referral Program, offering relief to those families who are unable to put food on the table due to a crisis. Families coming for assistance with food are provided with enough canned goods, staples and refrigerated and frozen items to last 5 – 7 days.
In 2011 Helping Hands gave away 24,000 bags of food valued at over $230,000. Helping Hands realizes that hunger is a real problem within our community, and the agency works to share this chronic need with Rockwall County.
Occasionally Helping Hands has to purchase staples and meats for the pantry, but the vast majority of food is supplied through food drives by schools, churches, U.S. Postal employees and youth groups such as the Boy and Girl Scouts. Many individuals and families make donations of food to the pantry as well.
Pizza Hut supplies pizza every week and local stores, such as Kroger, Tom Thumb, Costco and Brookshire´s provide bakery goods for the food pantry. Both are treats to an otherwise predictable pantry fare.
If you or your organization would be interested in conducting a food drive, contact: