TCCSC Takes Part in New Food Program
This time last year the Tri-County Christian Service Center (TCCSC) looked for support just to keep the doors open. Now due to abundant community support, the TCCSC is able to support local churches plus TCCSC families.
The 2015 Chow Down for Charity at Redfish Willie’s brought in $13,000 to TCCSC and participating in Shrimporee brought in $4,000. Also, TCCSC received the annual $7,500 from the Coastal Bend Foundation and the 2016 Chow Down for Charity event looks to be set for the beginning of December. Cheniere donated $500 to the TCCSC. “People in churches and the community giving donations, food and so on mean a lot because they’re choosing to give what little they have to help,” TCCSC Director Perri Knight said. “Without it, we would have had to close, but now, we have funds for day-to-day operations plus some to purchase other needs.” Knight went on the say the churches and Blessings Shop help the center tremendously with expenses.
With these donations, TCCSC has purchased a new three-door refrigerator and is on the way to purchasing a van. “The van will be used to bring the food to the center because right now, volunteers are using their personal vehicles,” Knight said.
Through the Pairing Program with the Food Bank in Corpus Christi, TCCSC has partnered with HEB Aransas Pass, HEB Ingleside and Wal-Mart in Aransas Pass to receive food. Also, through the program, the TCCSC works with the local churches who have food pantries to dispense the food. TCCSC began picking up food at HEB and Wal-Mart on Sept. 27 and in ten days, TCCSC picked up 10,415 pounds of food. “We’re picking up more than we could give out in a month so working together with churches to share what we have,” Knight said.
TCCSC weighs each carton, writes down the weight and contents of each carton then store the items in the appropriate place. TCCSC gives churches what they can, and churches notify TCCSC what they still need. Food received from HEB and Wal-Mart includes the food the stores have to pull off the shelves. “It’s really a win-win for everyone,” Knight said. “We’re just trying to make sure the flow of food is getting out so nothing goes to waste.” Currently, TCCSC works with First Baptist Church of Aransas Pass and St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Knight shared they are working on partnering with Ingleside United Methodist Church and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ingleside.
Knight shared TCCSC is able to put out fresh produce each day, and the people are really enjoying the fresh produce. “We’re so packed in here with people picking up produce you can’t see down the hallway,” Knight said. “People are able to take several bags of the fresh produce which is something we’ve never been able to do before so it’s special.”
TCCSC is looking to make changes to the guidelines according to Knight on when people could come in to pick up food as well as how often they can pick up food since there is a steady flow of food coming into the center. The center will also be giving away Christmas boxes in December.
To donate to the fund to purchase a van, visit the Tri-County Christian Service Center Facebook page to see a link to the GoFundMe account.