A neighborhood charity that stated it has seen an uptick within the want for its companies in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic not too long ago obtained a donation aimed toward serving to unfold the love in Fort Bend County.
On March 3, Missouri Metropolis’s Second Mile Charities was offered with a $1,000 examine courtesy of fellow nonprofit Males For Change.
“We’re simply grateful for being acknowledged for being right here to assist,” Second Mile Govt Director Sara White stated. “Their generosity was fairly overwhelming and surprising.”
Since 1990, Second Mile has served as a meals pantry and thrift clothes retailer for Fort Bend County households which are in poverty and disaster. Moreover, the middle provides courses and academic programming on long-term wants resembling monetary training, job coaching and monetary help, based on its web site. The group began in Sugar Land earlier than shifting to Stafford in 2002 and has been at its 1135 Hwy. 90 location in Missouri Metropolis since 2013.
“Pantries like ours are serving to an increasing number of folks as of late,” White stated.
That want White alludes to is the influence from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has plunged a few of the county’s residents right into a time of determined want.
Development Director Sheena Abraham stated the group has meals giveaways and drives Monday-Friday and one Saturday a month. Earlier than the pandemic, Abraham stated it was normal to present out greater than 1 million kilos of meals per 12 months to greater than 2,500 households. The meals is donated by group members and the Houston Meals Financial institution.
In 2020, she stated the group gave out greater than 3 million kilos of meals, and White stated demand has seen a 50-60 p.c year-over-year improve.
“The suggestions we’re getting from households is that it’s only one factor after one other piling up and compounding, so we’ve adjusted our companies to be contact-light,” Abraham stated. “And now after the winter storm we’re persevering with to listen to troublesome tales from folks. We’re serving the most effective that we are able to.”
Males For Change President Will Ross stated Fort Bend Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage introduced Second Mile to their consideration for efforts that additionally embody produce giveaways across the county in areas resembling Rosenberg, 4 Corners, Fresno and Fulshear.
“Second Mile fills a void on this group, and never simply in the course of the pandemic however within the years earlier than that. It was an ideal marriage. They’re going to take this donation and amplify it,” Prestage stated. “It’ll have way more worth after they put the love and coronary heart and creativity into it to maximise it and assist the households.”