For five years, the small food pantry at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving served a small but steady crowd of homeless, poor and needy people.
Then came COVID-19, and seemingly overnight, everything changed. In February, the pantry served 87 people. In June, that number soared to 469.
To meet the demand, the church recruited additional volunteers to deliver goods, purchased new industrial-grade shelves to store inventory and sought donations from the public, when it had previously relied only on parishioners and the North Texas Food Bank.
“Demand has spiked tremendously,” said Bob Greenfield, one of the volunteers. “Our inventory is really low, and we don’t want to scrimp on anyone in need.”
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