Emergency Food Distribution provides 1,200 Boxes of Food for Families
Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Methodist Hospital South, The Health Collaborative and more team up to support community in need
Poteet, TX (October 30, 2020) – A drive-thru food distribution for Atascosa County residents was held at Hosanna Baptist Church in Poteet providing 1,248 pre-packaged boxes of food for families in need in Atascosa County and the surrounding communities. Each box contained 30 pounds of fresh produce, dried beans, meat and dairy.
The event was organized by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., Methodist Hospital South, the Health Collaborative, Segovia Food Distributors, HCA HealthTrust and Hosanna Baptist Church, which came together to provide neighbors in need with a little extra support during these challenging times.
This food distribution event, and the one organized and led by the same group a week prior, was particularly impactful as COVID-19 has severely limited regular community food distributions since March. When the possibility of cancellation appeared due to food delivery challenges caused by inclement weather, each organization responded quickly to reorganize volunteers and advertising from the original date of Oct. 28 so that hungry families didn’t go without.
In 2019, the Health Collaborative released the Bexar County and Atascosa County Community Health Needs Assessment Report. The report stated an estimated 9 percent of the total Atascosa County population and 21% of children are food insecure.
- The Atascosa County areas with the highest food security are in the Poteet area and in the Southwest area of the County.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. Guided by its mission of "Serving Humanity to Honor God," Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ vision is to be the leader for improving wellness of the least served. The mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries' one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System, the largest healthcare system in South Texas, which creates a unique avenue to ensure that it continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed. For more information, visit www.mhm.org.