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Joseph’s Food Pantry needs more space and volunteers

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

GRANITE SHOALS — Love and compassion know no boundaries. And that’s just what Roy and Mary Lou Guerrero practice through Joseph’s Food Pantry.

Even though the food pantry is located in Granite Shoals, the Guerreros don’t limit where people can travel from or live in order to benefit from the facility’s services.

“We have no limits on where people can come from. God has blessed us with all the donations, so we’re not going to limit who can get them,” Roy Guerrero said. “We’ll assist anybody who needs help. We assist people from all the counties around us. We occasionally get people from Cedar Park, Johnson City, it doesn’t matter. We’ll help them.”

The pantry serves about 6,000 people a month through its various programs.

As Christmas approaches, Guererro said he believes the pantry has enough food for the immediate needs, but added the pressure on Joseph’s Food Pantry and similar facilities continues throughout the year.

“We hope people keep us in mind even after the holidays are over,” he said.

Along with food and clothing, the pantry has some other needs. One hope would be getting a concrete walkway and work area in front of the pantry. Guerrero said a lot of work is done in front of the pantry, 706 North Phillips Ranch Road, and, when it rains, the dirt gets muddy and makes it hard for volunteers and clients.

“Even when it’s dry and hot, it isn’t the best situation,” he added.

On top of that, a bigger building also would be nice.

While the food pantry focuses on the needs of clients who come to them, the Guerreros and volunteers also go to those in need. The organization will make trips to Austin as part of the Church Under the Bridge to provide food, clothing and other necessities to homeless people.

Starting in 2014, Guerrero said Joseph’s Food Pantry will make the trip to Austin every other month. Along with the Austin outreach, the Guerreros organize a mission trip to a community outside Monterrey, Mexico.

“It’s really a children’s ministry,” Roy Guerrero said. “We take school items and things they need. And we just spend some time with the kids.”

All this takes volunteers, support and donations. Throughout the year, volunteers help with the Tuesday distributions and other activities.

So along with concrete walkway/work area and a new building, Guerrero said they could always use more volunteers.

Go to www.josephsfoodpantry.com for more information or to get involved.

daniel@thepicayune.com