(Seguin) -- The spirit of giving is well underway this holiday season with the annual Fall Food Harvest collection drive hosted by the Christian Cupboard, Seguin's local food pantry. The drive continues through the end of December.
Regina Lee, the executive director for the Christian Cupboard, says the food drive is vital to restocking the shelves and replenishing the storeroom.
"So when we do the food drive it really brings forth the consciousness of the community. They really realize that their neighbor who truly can be their next door neighbor is suffering or is challenged with a lack of food. We have had a lot of influx of people who moved here for jobs and they need that jumpstart to get on their feet. They came here with 'x' amount of money, they've gotten housing, they've stocked their pantry, but they're still a little short, because they haven't gotten their paycheck. We see people like that. We see people who are not repeat clients or I saw a man last week. I think he comes three times a year. I said, but 'I don't want you to be in need and come three times. I want you to come when you need to come.' He says 'I'm challenging myself and trying to come only three times a year,'" said Lee.
Lee says individuals are reminded to give what they can. She says every food item donated and every penny provided goes directly into the hands of families in Seguin and Guadalupe County.
"What we got besides the string beans and corn, jelly is nice because we don't buy it. The cans, meats are nice, because they're a little expensive and never feel -- you might give me a bag with two items, but you know what, those two items might cost $20 in total. It's not the amount that you give, it's that you give. We're not critiquing what you give, because anything you give will be used. Nothing will be discarded," said Lee
Lee reminds the community that other items are also needed year round. To better serve families, things such as toiletries, diapers, and laundry detergent are also being collected. She also thanks local hunters for their contributions during this time of the year.
"We have some of our hunters out there who have been having the meat processed and given to us. That helps. So people really acknowledge that. It's a big push at this time, but we have people who start at this time of year and continue the rest of the year and I'm calling the year -- November to November -- that help all through the year," said Lee.
Other suggested food items include but are not limited to oatmeal, cereal, flour, sugar, canned soups, tuna, hamburger/tuna helpers, vermicelli, canned fruits, dry pinto beans, dry rice, macaroni and cheese, jams, jellies, peanut butter and boxed juices.
Items can be dropped off at the Christian Cupboard Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and during the first and third Saturdays of each month. Food donations are also being accepted now in the lobby of Seguin Radio KWED. The donations are being collected as part of the radio station's annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 benefiting both the Christian Cupboard and Seguin Police Department Blue Santa Program.
The radio station is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash donations can also be mailed to the Christian Cupboard at P.O. Box 1895, Seguin, Texas 78156.