WACO, Texas – The Family of Faith Worship Center in Waco operates the Beans & Rice and Jesus Christ community food pantry.

Throughout the years, they have served thousands of people with free groceries, diapers, clothes and household commodities. Within the past two months, they have served over 20,000 individuals due to unemployment and loss wages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Normally, pastor Ruben Andrade and his volunteers are used to serving a few hundred families per week. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed this.

“Prior to the pandemic, we were serving an average of about 300-400 families, and now we are serving 700-800 families,” Andrade said. “On particular weeks of the month, we even serve up to 1,000 families, so it’s a great need in our community.”

Right now, they keep the food in a windowless, uninsulated warehouse with no refrigeration – leading to some considerable issues.

“Any donations that we receive right now that are perishable items, we have to get rid of them the day of,” Andrade said. “That’s not always easy when you are not having a distribution on that particular day.”

They are hoping to add 50-70 feet to the warehouse, as well as walk-in freezers with the proposed expansion.

“We quickly outgrew that warehouse, which basically held about 10-15 pallets. And now we’re having to expand that to triple the size of it to hopefully hold about 40-50 pallets because of the demand,” Andrade said. “We just don’t have the space right now.”

The Center has kicked off a fundraising campaign to raise $20,000 to cover the costs of the warehouse expansion, and is asking for donations to help them reach its goal.

To donate, you can click here.

The Center says any amount is greatly appreciated, and all monetary donations are tax deductible.

Source: Family of Faith Worship Center