Harlandale ISD Food Pantry helps more than 500 families

Harlandale ISD Food Pantry helps more than 500 families
Posted on 06/20/2019
Harlandale ISD Food Pantry helps more than 500 families

Dozens of cars lined up around Harlandale High School to pick up a variety of food items during the first ever district community Food Pantry event on June 19.

Organized by Harlandale ISD, in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, In Style Dental, Crystal Vargas Marketing and Nonprofit Financial Services, the Food Pantry was a success.

Nearly 600 families in the Harlandale district received more than 27,000 pounds of food, which included canned goods, cereals, bread, milk, fruits and vegetables.

Sporting their maroon jerseys, Harlandale HS football players volunteered their time carrying out the items to each family in need. The effort was supported by community advocates, leaders, board members and the Harlandale ISD Police Department.

“There is a huge need of food in San Antonio during the summer months because a lot of families are struggling,” Crystal Vargas, one of the organizers, said. “Children are not being provided with two meals like they would at school. The parents have to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, so we are just trying to alleviate a little of that need here at Harlandale. We are planning for another one really soon.”

Irma Ortiz, a parent in the community, expressed her gratitude as she received her food items.

“I’m very happy to see this happening in our community,” she said. “This is definitely a big help for my family.”

In case you missed this opportunity, Harlandale ISD is also providing free summer school breakfast and lunch meals, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to children under 18 years of age at 17 participating sites. Adults may also participate by purchasing breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.75.

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