Greetings from the Jacksboro Community Food Pantry.  As we joyfully gather to share the holidays with our loved ones, we wanted to update the community on the first year of God’s mission in our hometown.

JCFP began distributing non-perishable meals in January of this year.  The first month we served 24 families, 95 people total.  At the November distribution, we served 91 families, 243 people total.  That equates to 23,715 meals distributed in the first eleven months.  Additionally, with a meat voucher donated from the Clothes Closet, we provided 44 families with a Thanksgiving basket that included fresh potatoes, onions, turnips & sweet potatoes along with all the ingredients to prepare dressing, green bean casserole, gravy, rolls and a pie.

One month I would have sworn the food we had in stock was gone as we had so many hungry people lined up for food, but it was like the disciples pulling fish & loaves from a basket and everyone received food!  The effort and progress made in 2013 to feed the hungry in Jack County has been truly amazing!

Thanks be to God for Lori McBrayer, our faithful volunteers, Pastor Cleghorn and First Assembly of God, Eugene Weldon, TJ York/Clint Strickland and their tireless Youth Group, Charlie Piece and the First United Methodist Church, Lynne Pruitt, and the various clubs & kids from the local schools.  A special thank you to all the organizations and churches that have donated money so that we can buy food locally.

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In 2014 we plan to extend the distribution hours to 2:30-6:30 p.m., however there will be no carry-out assistance until after 4:30 p.m.  The Produce Express truck is scheduled to bring seasonal, fresh produce at each distribution.  Additionally, we would like to add a freezer to offer meat, which is often free from the Food Bank.  As always, we are looking for volunteers to assist.

As we prepare for 2014 we ask for continued monetary donations and food drives.  Donations can be made to Jacksboro Community Food Pantry and sent to FUMC at 401 Main Street, Jacksboro 76458.  Questions &/or volunteers, please call Sheri Kettlety 580-369-0889.

Sincerely,
Sheri Kettlety
Jack County Food Pantry