CRRC Needs Your Help Feeding Children
Twenty-seven percent of all children in Canyon Lake are food insecure, Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) of Canyon Lake warned in an email blast last week.
They’re without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Although many of those children receive breakfast and lunch at school under the National School Lunch Program, their families need help during the summer months, said CRRC Resource Program Director Maureen Schein, who oversees the food pantry at 1917 FM 2673, Canyon Lake.
“A family just came into the CRRC Food Pantry for the first time. They chose their bread and the little guy, six-years-old, got a loaf and asked his mom, ‘Is this all we’re going to get?’ She assured him it wasn’t, but there was a little concern in her voice. I could tell she wasn’t quite sure how much she should reassure him. So they sat back down and waited. When the cart came into the room, he popped up from his seat and cried out, ‘That’s a lot of food!’ The volunteer suggested they go straight home because there was ice cream in the cart, and that little boy started jumping up and down!”
Residents who’d like to give other kids reasons to shout with joy over the long summer months are urged to add these items to their grocery list, and drop them off at the pantry:
- small containers macaroni and cheese
- Kool-Aid jammers
- beef jerky
- cheese crackers
- microwave popcorn
- peanuts (shelled)
- peanut butter crackers
- granola bars
- pasta in small containers (eg Chef Boyardee)
- pre-packaged small bowls of cereal
Schein thanks residents in advance for “being a part of our hunger-fighting team.”
CRRC’s food pantry is open on Mon – Fri from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or to donate funds, visit crrcofcanyonlake.org and click on the PayPal link.