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COVID-19 Can’t Shutter the CRRC’s Food Pantry

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COVID-19 Can’t Shutter the CRRC’s Food Pantry

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Image of the Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake's food pantry, courtesy of the CRRC.

Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake’s (CRRC) Development Director Maureen Schein says the rumors are not true.

The food pantry remains open and continues its mission of providing emergency food, even during the COVID-19 crisis.

“COVID has shut down many businesses but groceries are certainly essential,” Schein said. “CRRC has maintained its schedule with no changes or restrictions to its days and hours. Maybe that’s our way of trying to maintain some semblance of ‘normal.’ We continue to be blessed with volunteers who are willing to staff and serve during  this time. We also have welcomed may new volunteers.

“Families, like yours, who have donated to the pantry or to CRRC for years have come seeking food assistance,” she said. “There are many stories out there, stories of need and assistance, stories of disappointment and encouragement.”

Although the CRRC’s popular thrift store, rec center and community center will remained closed until at least May 1, some rec center classes are offered online.

However, losses continue to add up. Closure of the thrift store through April cost the CRRC $44,000 in revenue. The rec center is down $8,000 while an estimated $65,000 from the March 28 Big Give San Antonio failed to materialize after the event was canceled.

But Schein said donations are making a dent in the lost $127,000.

“Through the CRRC website and in the mailbox we received $42,121,” Schein said. “Through the Valero Texas Open website a total of $47,880 was generated. Additionally, the CRRC was approved for the Small Business Association payroll loan/grant for two-and-a-half months of payroll, totaling $87,700.

“What that means to you, our heroes, is that we will be able to continue serving our community for another couple months. Thank you!”

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