Every month, volunteers at the Blanco Good Samaritan Center feed and/or financially assist an average of 450 people across Blanco County, according to a food and special aid report presented at the October 9 business meeting.
Sales proceeds from the center’s non-profit thrift store fund both food purchases for the food pantry and special aid to families seeking help with rent, utilities and other bills.
For a 12-month fiscal period that ended June 30, 2013, the center spent 58 percent of its revenues on food and financial assistance for clients. Of the remaining revenues, 21 percent funded operating costs (which included new flooring) and 19 percent remained in accounts. The figures were part of a federal income tax report that must be filed annually.
More than 100 volunteers staff the pantry and store, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is also open the third Saturday each month (no food distribution). Next month, volunteers will keep the store open Monday, November 18, until 7 p.m. for after-hour shopping only (no food distribution).
At the quarterly meeting, volunteers elected officers: Sheryl Smith-Rodgers, (current) president; Kayla Wersal, vice president, Cerice Spivey, secretary and Lucy Useleton, (current) treasurer.
Next month, the center will distribute Thanksgiving turkeys and chickens with fixings to current clients only. In September, 136 Blanco students received school supply vouchers, which the center funded for a total of $3,316.17.
The center welcomes new volunteers, and applications are available. For more information, call 833-5269.