Marfa Food Pantry expands to twice-a-month distribution

MARFA — Needs at the Marfa Food Pantry have expanded, where volunteers are serving nearly 90 families instead of their usual 30 to 40. To meet these new demands, the pantry will now be distributing food on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.

While the West Texas Food Bank has kept food supplies coming, pantry volunteer Genevieve Bassham said there are still needs, and plenty of room in the pantry’s freezers, fridges and shelves. As far as needs, “Right now, it’s meat,” said Bassham.

“We’re going to have vegetables because we have a garden, but those go quickly,” she noted. Even canned food, dry beans and rice help fill out pantry boxes, according to the volunteer.

Food pickups are now done while maintaining social distancing, using an outdoor table where no-contact pickups can be made. Bassham said, “There’s a system of how to do it carefully, without contact.”

Call 432-295-1447 with questions or go by the pantry to drop off donations. Volunteers are also being accepted, with opportunities to help sort food distributions or work in the pantry’s garden behind the building.

To sign up to receive food, complete an application that can be picked up at the pantry. “Applications are available. Everyone in need is welcome,” said volunteer Peggy O’Brien.

July’s dates will be Thursday, July 9 and Thursday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 1403 W San Antonio.