PORTABLE PANTRY PROJECT

Serving Mesquite & East Dallas

ABOUT THE PORTABLE PANTRY PROJECT

We created the Portable Pantry Project (PPP) back in October of 2013 when we made our first shipment of food to Mesquite’s Goodbar Senior Center. We delivered 50 bags of food that were donated to us by Mesquite Social Services. Eight years later, we are still providing food to needy seniors in the Mesquite/East Dallas areas.

The PPP was created by Griswold Home Care Mesquite TX, Mesquite Social Services (now defunct), Mesquite Senior Recreation Centers, and the Mesquite Elks Lodge 2404.

We designed the PPP for seniors living on Social Security to help them get through the month. We know seniorsSocial Security money tends to run out or is very low towards the end of the month, so providing food to them helps stretch those dollars. We deliver bags or boxes of food to Mesquite Goodbar Senior Center on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and then the food gets distributed to seniors who have signed up for the program.

In 2018, we joined forces with Sharing Life Community Outreach Center in Mesquite, TX. Working with Sharing Life has been a wonderful experience. We have increased food quality and added the PAN Program (Patient Access Network) for seniors who can qualify, courtesy of the North Texas Food Bank. Sharing Life has been great at helping us make this an even better program and we look forward to our continued partnership with them.

Mesquite’s Goodbar Senior Center has been a staple of this program and the leadership team with Kristen Herndon –  the center’s manager – is so passionate about this program. Every month, Kristen is part of the process. Kristen and her team love their seniors and will do anything they can to help them, like standing outside during a pandemic, in the rain, in the cold, or in 100-degree heat, to make sure their seniors get the food and support they need.

The Mesquite Elks Lodge 2404 has provided so many volunteers for this program. We have seniors helping seniors in our community. Dozens and dozens of volunteers have helped bag food, deliver food, and donated money and time to the program. We cannot thank the Mesquite Elks Lodge enough for all of their continued support.

We love supporting our seniors in our community and look for many ways to do so.

Special thanks to the following people for their continued support:

Bill Gibson, Chandler Gibson, Glenn Penson, Kevin Goldsberry, Wendy Haldeman, Kristen Herndon

OPERATION WARM, JANUARY 2022

Operation Warm is a joint effort with Sharing Life Community Outreach, Mesquite Elk’s Lodge 2404, and the PPP. When the weather gets down below freezing, the city and Sharing Life sets up homeless individuals in the Mesquite area in hotel for a night or two until the weather warms up.

We work together to cook hot meals for them. Here, we’re making spaghetti and meat sauce with bread. We also served breakfast taco’s in the morning.

Last year, we served about 75 individuals each day for breakfast and dinner. This year we served 50 individuals dinner and breakfast twice.

GET INVOLVED

DONATE TO THE PORTABLE PANTRY PROJECT TODAY

WORDS OF WISDOM

"We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences."

― Miya Yamanouchi

"Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy."

— Senator John Hoeven

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”

— Carson McCullers, The Square Root of Wonderful

WORDS OF WISDOM

"We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences."

― Miya Yamanouchi

"Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy."

— Senator John Hoeven

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”

— Carson McCullers, The Square Root of Wonderful

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

If you know of someone who could benefit from the PPP, or if you would like to volunteer, call 972-571-9273 or fill out and submit the contact form.

REACH OUT TO US

REACH OUT TO US

Office Address: 617 N. Ebrite Street, Mesquite, TX, 75149

Mailing Address: 3330 N. Galloway Avenue, Suite 304-119, Mesquite, TX,75150

Phone: 972-850-9945

Fax: 866-496-5016