Local Methodists Donate to Pantry | New
Quita Jones, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Dumas was at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Pastoral Center on Thursday to present a check for $ 2,350 to Teresa and Cleo Castro of Dumas Education and Social Ministries (DESM), an organization non-denominational. non-profit organization that operates a local pantry, among other things, from the center. The money will go into a general fund to support the pantry.
Church members held a fundraiser during the loan to raise money, and they donated an equal amount to Meals on Wheels, another Moore County organization dedicated to providing food to people. in need.
DESM Executive Director Lisa Hatley said the community support the pantry has received was “awesome.” The economic upheavals of the COVID pandemic have dramatically increased the demand for food for families faced with no work or reduced hours. Hatley said the pantry provided food to 120 families last week and that since the start of the pandemic, the pantry has regularly served between 115 and 140 families per week. But as demand for food has been high, Hatley said businesses and individual community members have stepped up to keep the pantry stocked with food and help families in the area.