Hundreds of Seguin residents restocked their homes on Thursday with the help of the city, local hospital and area food bank.
Dozens of volunteers stood in lines placing about 120 pounds of food items in the backs of vehicles during the food distribution event at the Seguin Events Complex — Coliseum.
“This is the largest turnout we’ve had since beginning our food distribution in Seguin.” said Monica Borrego, executive director of the New Braunfels Food Bank.
The large event was the culmination of a partnership between the city of Seguin, Guadalupe Regional Medical Foundation and the San Antonio/New Braunfels Food Bank.
“We just had a great turnout from families coming to get help and volunteers that wanted to help their community,” Borrego said. “Even though it’s a time when we’re all feeling at risk, we still had a lot of people come support us, which helps our events run smoothly and run well. We just really appreciate the volunteers for being there.”
The dozens of volunteers included community members, hospital employees, city of Seguin employees, volunteers from the food bank, Food Bank staff and the Texas National Guard serving about 830 area families, Seguin Public Information Officer Jennifer Sourdellia said.
“We distributed 92,000 pounds of food in two hours, which is amazing,” she said. “It was so rewarding to see everyone come through. They seemed very appreciative of what we were doing for them.
“It felt good for us to be able to help the community in this time of need during this pandemic. We understand there are a lot of people right now that have lost their jobs through all of this and they really need this help.”
The sheer number of volunteers and work put in by the city’s Public Works Department helped make the event run smoothly, especially in the registration cues, Sourdellia said.
“Public Works director John Donnelly led the effort on the logistics of getting everything set up, on all of the cones and how the flow was going to happen,” she said. “It takes them about four days to get everything set up out there, to really get it going and make sure everything flows properly and flows well.
It is a lot of work, but it is very rewarding in the end.”
The city hopes to partner again in the near future with the hospital and food bank on another distribution event.