from Becki Tobolka
Spicewood Long Term Recovery Committee has partnered with Capital Area Food Bank to ensure all of you who were affected by the 2011 Wildfires in Spicewood have food on the table. Grace Outreach Church will house the food pantry for those of you in need. Our goal in the process of restoring Spicewood is to fulfill the needs in our community.
As we work to ultimately get the maximum benefit to each of you with this partnership, we ask for your patience as well as input in reaching this goal. There are a few items still remaining for order. This includes pre-made disaster relief boxes, spam, chicken noodle soup, mac and beef, ravioli, C batteries, and bottled water. You can arrange to pick up those items at your convenience from Grace Outreach. Additional items available, which include “fresh” produce and dairy, will vary from week to week. (eg: milk, eggs, juices, potatoes, onions, apples, oranges, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pineapples, squash, plums, fruit trays, vegetable trays, etc). These products vary due to consumption and purchase dates, as well as shelf life remaining. They carry sell by:, best by:, use by:, use before:, and expiration dates. In an effort to prevent over stocking, leaving food spoiling, there must be a quick turnover once this food is brought in. This is another area where your input is required to meet personal dietary needs. We are scheduled to pickup from Capital Area Food Bank every Tuesday, therefore stocking Grace Outreach’s pantry. We urge you to stop Tuesday evenings between 4-6pm, to pick up any items your family is in need of. These are the hours we have scheduled to have volunteers on site, however, you may schedule other pickup times with Pastor Tommy, but keep in mind the “shelf life” limitations.
Additionally, there are a couple of people in the community helping to organize all of this, and can put together your family’s care package to drop by to you or have available for you Tuesday evening. All arrangements, comments, suggestions regarding the food pantry should be sent to Becki Tobolka @ email@example.com or 512-689-0721 .
Unfortunately USDA regulations restricts us from repackaging this food for distribution through the food bank, but if you enjoy canning, freezing, or drying food within your family we urge you to let us know. If you make a jelly, jam, pie, or whatever you specialize in, you’re more than welcome to share with friends and neighbors.
We would like to leave it open for you to volunteer at times that are convenient for you to ensure the maximum success of this venture. Whether it’s a truck to help with pickup, time stocking shelves, or helping a neighbor by delivering their food to them.
Thank all of you for your help and support in putting Spicewood back together!!