Representatives from insurance company Humana and the San Antonio Food Bank made a trip to Kerrville last week to honor a local group for their good works.
Part of a project designed to highlight how everyday Americans are making a difference in their communities, the visitors praised Christian Assistance Ministry for their efforts at combating food insecurity here in Kerr County.
The organization, which has been in Kerrville since 1987, is made up of 40 member churches that all work together to ensure the basic needs of the area’s underprivileged residents are met.
Unfortunately, those needs are great — and they won’t be going away without help and support from Kerr County residents.
According to research from nonprofit organization Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, the Lone Star State’s rate of food insecurity is 15.4 percent, noticeably higher than the national average of 12 percent.
Here in Kerr County? 15.1 percent, or more than 7,600 Kerr County residents.
Across the state, more than 4 million people — and one in four children — struggle with hunger.
Texas is No. 2 in the U.S. for food insecurity and, according to a recent USDA report, nearly 2 million Texas households are considered “food insecure.”
But CAM, and groups like them, are fighting to make a difference. The ministry serves more than 600 client families each month — that’s roughly 1,600 individual mouths fed.
Its monthly food fairs see as much as 24,000 pounds of food distributed in a single day. CAM also offers clothing to the underprivileged at no cost.
You can learn more about their efforts at kerrcam.org or by calling 830-257-4222.
Monetary donations can either be dropped off in person at 521 Barnett St. or mailed to P.O. Box 291352, Kerrville, TX 78028. Those who wish to donate food or clothing may drop them off at CAM anytime during regular business hours, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
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