Veda Flowers has been a volunteer with Helping Hands of Kilgore, an East Texas Food Bank partner agency, for three years. However, she told us that she has seen quite the change this past year.
“We’ve seen a lot more people because of COVID,” Veda said, adding that many are first time visitors to the pantry.
“Sometimes people are embarrassed because they never have had to come to ask before,” Veda added. “I think they are grateful there is somewhere they can get help and assistance when they need it.”
As a volunteer at Kilgore Helping Hands, Veda helps fill food boxes, hands out fresh produce and is in charge of distributing boxes to seniors that are enrolled in the East Texas Food Bank Senior Box Program.
“I volunteer because it’s good for the heart to give to other people,” Veda said. “It’s also good you can give of yourself.”
Veda encourages those that can volunteer to do so. She also has a special message to donors that help the East Texas Food Bank and partner food pantries.
“I would tell those that donate, ‘thank you so much!’” Veda said. “We help so many families each month thanks to them.”