GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - Groveton residents stocked up on fresh groceries Tuesday. It was with the help of a Houston Food Bank truck sponsored by Kroger. The truck comes out not only to donate food, but to help residents in rural areas find solutions for the future.
It's a project with many positive outcomes.
"We bring food for the community. We have squash, cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, as well as milk you see we brought today," said Kaylee Ordaz-Martinez, the community events coordinator at the Houston Food Bank.
The truck pulled in from Houston with hopes of making state benefits available for those who might have otherwise had a hard time getting to them.
"Our main goal is to help people sign up for benefits like TANF, medicaid, CHIP, and food stamps," Ordaz-Martinez said.
"I appreciate that because sometimes it's hard to get to the store," said Linda Horace, a Groveton resident.
Fruits and vegetables were abundant as residents satisfied their needs right down the road from home.
"It makes it easier when we come out. I've heard a lot of success stories that when we come help them, it's way faster, and they get a pleasant visit with us," Ordaz-Martinez said.
"We had over 100 today. A hundred families were helped today," said Minister Rodney Langley of the Groveton Church of Christ.
"Some mothers probably can't get to the store to get milk," Horace said.
Students from Groveton High School also pitched in with helping hands.
"It gives them not only a purpose, but it lets them see we each have a role to play in our communities," said Maria Plotts, a Groveton High School teacher.
The truck rolls in on a regular basis serving all who are in need.
"It meets a need throughout the community. A lot of people throughout the community are struggling, people are living in poverty, and the elderly need extra help," Langley said.
"I had two strokes, and right now, this is easy on me. I don't have to go to the store to get a lot of stuff," Horace said.
The food bank truck will be back in Groveton at the fire station on Thursday. Organizers said you do not have to sign up for state benefits to show up and pick-up some groceries.