BEC Supports Local Food Pantries this Holiday Season

Right to left: Jennifer Curlee, BEC billing and banking repersentative; Evelyn O'Hara, Utopia Food Pantry secretary; and Lucy Reed, warehouse manager

This holiday season, BEC donated $7,500 to local food pantries. Recipients included Utopia Food Pantry, Comfort Table and Food Pantry, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Bandera, Hill Country Family Services and Silver Sage in Bandera. The food pantries serve the counties of Bandera, Kendall, and Uvalde.

With the continued rise in inflation and increased cost of groceries, assisting organizations that support our community is needed more than ever.

“BEC has continuously been one of our larger donors,” said Evelyn O’Hara, Utopia Food Pantry secretary. “We would not be able to operate without donors like BEC. We greatly appreciate BEC, not only by the volunteers of UFP but also by the community we serve.”

Food pantries have an enormous responsibility to provide nutritionally balanced meals and other social services to the community's most vulnerable members.

“Thank you, BEC, for their continued support and for helping our seniors,” said Art Crawford, CEO of Silver Sage. “This donation will go to our Meals on Wheels program.”

This year, BEC will supplied 25 turkeys to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the holiday distribution on Wednesday, December 21, at St. Stanislaus. Additionally, they will receive a check for over $800 to help with holiday assistants for families in Bandera County, totaling $1,500 in donations for this holiday season.

BEC continually strives to uphold the cooperative principle of Concern for Community with a maintained focus on member needs for the sustainable development of its communities.

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Left to right: Toba Wright, BEC member relations repersentative; Art Crawford, Silver Save CEO; and John Cressey-Neely, chief operations officer

Right to left: Jennifer Curlee, BEC billing and banking repersentative; Staci Almager, Hill Cuntry Family Sercies; and Burt Grabo, Hill Country Family Services Board President 


Posted Monday, December 19, 2022