The line of cars stretches down the street on distribution day, each family waiting their turn for a small donation of food from Mustard Seed, St. Vincent de Paul, CAM, or the Doyle Center. Since April, Kerrville food banks have distributed three times as much food as normal.
People in Kerrville are struggling.
“Prior to covid, Mustard Seed would see 30 families” on a Monday, explained Beth Palmer, outreach ministry director for the program. Since the pandemic began, they have served nearly 2700 families.
Two city council members, Judy Eychner and Delayne Sigerman, wanted to help. Together with Austin Dickson, executive director of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, they set up the Kerrville Food Relief Fund.
“We realized how many people were losing their jobs because of Covid,” Eychner said, “and many of them would not normally be in a position of needing food.”
And the community has rallied—to the tune of $107,000 already. Locally, 178 individuals and businesses have contributed as well as three local organizations. KPUB employees raised $5000; The Cailloux Foundation donated $10,000; the H. E. Butt Foundation donated $25,000 and an additional $16,000 through an employee corporate matching gift campaign.