From July 2012 through July 2013, the church has provided 40,810 pounds of food to families in Fannin, Cologne, Berclair, Goliad, and shut-ins around Goliad County.
Fannin United Methodist Church is one of two food pantry’s serving Goliad County and both run independently of the other, serving different populations within the county.
Fannin UMC has been in operation for four years, serving families throughout the county. Initially, food items were picked up by Analisa Kennedy and Deborah Gamblin from the Golden Crescent Food Bank in Victoria.
From there, the trucks headed to Berclair, where they were met with volunteers to unload and package the bags of the months give away.
From Berclair, Kennedy and Gamblin headed back into Goliad to make deliveries to numerous shut-ins.
A food pantry must purchase the food it distributes from a local food bank. The cost of most items is 19 cents a pound.
From 2012-13, FUMC spent $4,817 to purchase the 40,810 pounds of food, using funds that had been donated to the church for its food pantry. The food purchased was valued at $63,276.
Fannin UMC solicits donations from the public. A $100 donation would buy 1,900 pounds of food from the Golden Crescent Food Bank.
Fannin UMC is spending over $400 a month for its once-a-month delivery. There are 126 registered families who qualify under the USDA household guidelines. A family of three whose annual income is $36,131 pr less qualifies for assistance.
Fannin UMC also accepts food donations.
Contact Kennedy at 645-1009 or Gamblin at 645-4594 to make a donation or get more information about the FUMC pantry.