Food For Families - Part 1

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Since 1992, the volunteers at the Brazos Church Pantry have always been busy and this year the pantry will serve over 15 thousand Brazos County residents.

Walter Cagle is one of those volunteers, he served in the Navy for 20 years and that work ethic has transpired to his position as the food coordinator at the pantry.

Walter and a platoon of volunteers work six days a week, handing out food to those in need.

"30 different churches supply us with donations and then we have other sources that we have to buy 90 percent of our food from. We really rely heavily on the boy scout food drive every year but that usually last six weeks with 28 thousand pounds of food." said Cagle.

Virgie Gill is one of the many who couldn't make it without the help of the pantry. She's lived in Bryan since 1963 and her husband passed in 1992 but the tragedy didn't stop there.

"I had to work and take care of my mom until she passed away. My husband died in December of 1992 and then nine months later my oldest son got killed by a drunk driver. But with the Lord's help, we make it!" said Gill.

It's through people like Walter, folks who give the donations, and the rest of the volunteers at the Brazos Church Pantry that Virgie is able to survive.

"It's not a lot but every little bit helps. Social Security doesn't help much because once you pay all your bills, you don't have any money left." said Gill.

"It gives us that opportunity to help if we could get more donations and more money, we could help more people." said Cagle.

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