Originally started as a part of a HUD Section 8 Grant, LifeNet’s Food Pantry has grown from servicing less than 40 per month just a few years ago to now serving hundreds per month in all LifeNet programs: all HUD Housing, LifeNet Housing, LifeNet mental health client populations, Crisis Residential Re-Entry Program and annual one time emergency provisions for residents near LifeNet (zip codes 75238 and 75243).
A new partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, July 2009, allowed LifeNet’s food pantry capacity to grow almost seven times larger than before. Not only are five times as many clients being served, but each client visit nets over three times as much food per client family. Thanks to a generous $25,000 grant from UPS, the Food Pantry is now equipped with a state of the art refrigerator and freezer, each with 3 lighted, locking glass doors and built in thermometer. There is also a new stainless steel table on which to fill food bags and new shelving. LifeNet Food Pantry is accessed up to every 2 weeks by clients with vouchers approved by case managers.
Gifts may be designated “LifeNet Food Pantry.” $21 will feed a family of 4 for a week. $90 will feed a family of 4 for a month. $274 will feed an adult for a year.
Food Pantry Liaison is assisted by a host of volunteers.
“He who feeds the poor blesses himself for he cares for others.” Proverb