Several organizations in Marshall, Texas are hoping to create a one stop shop for residents in need. That's the concept behind Mission Marshall. The new facility is located on South Washington and Pinecrest, and it's new tenant will begin operations on Tuesday.
"We hope that it will be a hub of hope for people," said Brooke Holloway.
Holloway is the Food Manager for the United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry. The group recently shut down operations at its former facility to open up shop inside Mission Marshall. Holloway says it will be one of several organizations housed there, to help the more than 12,000 people living below the poverty line in Harrison County.
"We help people put food on the table," said Holloway. "In our community especially, the need is very pressing and we hope that being here more people will be helped."
Holloway says the move comes along with more changes. The group used to provide pre-made bags of groceries for its clients. But, found much of the food would be returned in food drives. So, now the client will have a choice.
"They'll get to step into the pantry and shop like it's a grocery store but they will have more freedom in selecting food that they will actually eat."
And, the new landlord is offering the new space rent free, saving the organization $600 a month. Holloway says that translates into more resources to help the hungry.
Holloway said, "Moving into this place freed up a little bit even more to help people with the money that comes in. So we're excited about the move and excited about the possibilities."
The pantry also has new operating hours. It will now be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until 2pm and on the Saturday after the third Friday of every month. Officials say recent donations have been great.. But, right now the pantry is in need of volunteers. A training event will be held Monday, July 16th at 6 o'clock at Mission Marshall. The new building is located on South Washington at Pinecrest.