Ponder Food Pantry Express

Many of us don’t want to acknowledge that we have many who go without food on a regular basis in our quaint little town.  We have Backpack Blessings started by the Denton County Cowboy Church to help school children and that has been a huge blessing to so many children and their families.  However, there was an underserved group of individuals, so the Ponder First United Methodist Church teamed up with the Tarrant Area Food Bank to help those in need.

The food is distributed  every second Saturday. This is staffed entirely with volunteers, including church members and high school students, as well as community service organizations such as NCL – National Charity League – to provide service opportunities for citizens.

The food provided comes from food that was not “pretty” enough to be sold at supermarkets (either too large, not shiny enough, dented cans, etc.) and also comes from shipments that were messed up, and the market will not take the food. It is still high quality food, just not “showcase” food.  This way, food is almost always at an abundance and can easily be distributed between many families.

The Denton Hunger Coalition (DHC) keeps track of 12 different food distributions throughout Denton County.  The Ponder UMC distribution is the second largest in the county, behind the city of Denton distribution, which also takes place on the second Saturday.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Mrs. Debbie Gustafson.

Contact her at:  [email protected]

**A special thanks to Pastor Rocky Ellison for the information for this article and Joey Arterberry for her help.