2011-06-16 / Community

Food Pantry gets festive facelift


David Fort of Houston helped give the Food Pantry a festive facelift. 
Leader Staff Photos/Suzanne Loudamy David Fort of Houston helped give the Food Pantry a festive facelift. Leader Staff Photos/Suzanne Loudamy The small building sitting at 411 N. Hwy. 110 in Whitehouse got a huge blessing last week. The youth workers of U.M. Army showed up with paint brushes and saws in hand and went to work.

Philadelphia Blessing, who provides food assistance to more than 200 families in the Whitehouse and Southeast Tyler areas, has a whole new look and there is no way to miss it!

The building housing the agency is owned by the Tyler Metro Church. The work of the agency is supported by food donations and financial contributions from Tyler Metro, other Whitehouse area churches, schools, organizations, many businesses, families and individuals.

Philadelphia Blessing is the only member agency of the East Texas Food Bank in the Whitehouse area. Each month, Philadelphia Blessing provides food assistance to more than 200 families in the Whitehouse and Southeast Tyler areas.


Anna Kwaitkowski of College Station and Jeremian Moen of Friendswood also helped out. Anna Kwaitkowski of College Station and Jeremian Moen of Friendswood also helped out. Charles Blackmon, director at the center, said he is so grateful to the volunteers who came and painted and built a new ramp in to the front door.

“People sometimes say they have a hard time finding us,” Blackmon said. “That won’t be the case now.”

Blackmon said that hunger is a year-round problem and summer is no exception. The fact that children are at home now means they are not getting the lunch that they would normally get during the school year. This is one more meal parents must provide and many just don’t have the funds.

All donations are welcome any time by contacting Blackmon at 903-839- 6769 or 903-597-8679.

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