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SAN ANTONIO (September 11, 2020) – Through a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank and with support from the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association, Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia and several volunteers delivered 400 boxes directly to the 484 residents who live at Arbors on Rustleaf Apartments and Port Royal Apartment Homes. With the help of volunteers, residents at the Arbors on Rustleaf Apartments received food commodities right at their door step. Many of the residents are elderly or have medical conditions that limit their mobility so they were very grateful to all the men and women who took the time to volunteer at this event on August 31.
Residents welcomed the assistance but also hoped that their neediest neighbors would receive food commodities first. “This really warms my heart to see how even our residents who need assistance are so compassionate and caring about their neighbors”, commented Councilwoman Rocha Garcia, “I assured them that there would be plenty of food for all the residents and told them we’d be willing to come back in the future if the need persisted.”
As community and religious organizations host food pantries and distribution events throughout the district, these events were an opportunity to provide direct assistance to those residents unable to access larger or more distant events due to transportation or health issues. Volunteers from San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association offered to assist at the event on August 31 and today’s event at the Port Royal Apartment Homes.
The staff from the San Antonio Food Bank have been very supportive of the food distribution efforts in District 4 and have indicated that there continues to be an increase in families that need support. While not everyone may be able to attend the food pantries or distribution events, several District 4 community organizers have taken the lead to help their vulnerable neighbors.
The president of the Keep South San Proud neighborhood association, Angie Olvera, has been a persistent leader organizing and distributing food commodities for residents in the South San/Quintana neighborhood. Whether it means picking up boxes of food commodities in her truck, calling neighbors, or delivering to their homes, Ms. Olvera has been relentless in her efforts to help those in need, especially the elderly residents. “Since we can’t meet in-person for our neighborhood meetings, I often worry about how my neighbors are doing so I try my best to at least help them by calling to check on them and offering to deliver boxes of food if they are unable to pick up,” stated Ms. Olvera, “To some it may not be much, but to many of us it makes a huge difference.”