Photo: Claire Goodman / Staff Writer
Bringing food to more than 11,000 households within a seven month period is impressive. Doing it without a designated delivery truck is even more impressive. For more than 30 years, Katy Christian Ministries has been delivering nutritious food to families in need. And until now, they did it all without a food truck.
Thanks to the generosity of the community and local churches, Katy’s largest food pantry now has a designated food truck to transport food. On July 22, Katy Christian Ministries unveiled the new truck.
Prior to the truck, Katy Christian Ministries used a dilapidated van to move food. When the van died, they used a truck from their resale store.
“If you would have only seen the condition of how our minivan was… but we were still thankful for it until it died on us completely” said Deysi Crespo, executive director of Katy Christian Ministries. “And so we were utilizing our resources from the resale store trucks and staff to go and do food pick ups for the entire community.”
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Crespo had a vision for a truck written on a board in her office, but the charity could never cobble together enough funding to purchase a truck capable of meeting their needs. After major financial setbacks due Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19, the dream of a truck that would be designated specifically for the critical service of food transportation slipped further and further from fruition.
When a pastor at Second Baptist Church in Katy learned that the food pantry was lacking reliable food transportation, he met with leaders in other churches to raise money for a designated food truck.
The truck has been paid for in full, and it even has a custom wrap featuring a volunteer near and dear to Katy Christian Ministries. A photograph of Lynn Hooge, former food pantry director and volunteer for more than 20 years, adorns the side of the truck. Hooge died last year.
“(Hooge) was definitely a ray of sunshine to all of us. She was involved with Katy Christian Ministries for over two decades,” Crespo said. “She poured her heart and soul every single day into every aspect of the ministry.”
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Crespo stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has made the need for a reliable food truck even more pressing. So far this year, Katy Christian Ministries has provided food for more than 11,000 households.
“I just pray that this truck gets filled and that we need another one very, very soon because it’s so busy,” added Patti Lacy, president of the board of directors.
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