Donations bolster supplies at Dayton church’s food pantry

Cobert and Richter elementary students donated 9,450 food items to First United Methodist Church of Dayton's food pantry.

The Dayton First United Methodist Church food pantry received some much-needed support from the community just in time for the holidays.

Students and employees of two local Dayton ISD elementary schools – Richter and Kimmie Brown – gathered a massive 9,450 items that will be used to create food bags for people in need. Colbert Athletic Foundation donated $300 to the food pantry, money that will be used to purchase supplemental items.

“We are here to serve the community through hard times,” said Tara Brandt, who supervises the food pantry. “The food pantry helps around 150 families each month.”

The food pantry has benefitted from Dayton ISD food drives for nearly two decades, Brandt said. The money donated by Colbert Athletic Foundation comes from donations from CAF members.

“This food and money should get us through about six months before we have to go shop for more,” she said.

The food pantry operates strictly on donations. Most comes from church members and people in the community. Volunteers from the church help organize and store the items that are donated.

Open on the first and third Thursday of each month, the pantry provides one grocery bag of items to people in need.

“As of right now, it is open to anyone who needs a bag of groceries. If supplies or funds run low, we might have to limit to Dayton-area residents,” Brandt said.

To make a donation by check, send to First United Methodist Church of Dayton, attn: food pantry, P.O. Box 505, Dayton, Texas 77535. For more information, call 936-258-8021.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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