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October 3, 2013

Three Parker County food pantries receive grants to improve services

Grants presented by Tarrant Area Food Bank to hunger-relief charities in three counties

FORT WORTH – For the second consecutive year, the same three Parker County emergency pantries have been awarded Capacity Building Grants by Tarrant Area Food Bank, which provides food to charities in 13 counties.

The Parker County hunger-relief charities were among seven TAFB partners in three counties to receive Capacity Building Grants.

The Center of Hope for Weatherford and for East Parker County was awarded $5,000 for the purchase and implementation of a computer-based management information system and database to effectively report the outcomes and costs of programs, grants and projects. This investment will help the Center of Hope improve client services and streamline program processes, states the grant application submitted by Paula Hood, director of operations.

Each month, the center provides emergency groceries and/or other services to an average of 450 families and serves more than 1,700 meals to individuals in need.

South Main Church of Christ in Weatherford, which provides emergency groceries and/or other services to an average of 180 families each month, received $2,500 toward the purchase of the first computer equipment and software for its Benevolence Ministry. The use of a computer will allow volunteers to look up information to assist clients and make record keeping more accurate and efficient, according to the grant application submitted by Weldon Richey, benevolence ministry leader.

Inasmuch Food Pantry in Azle, which serves 85 families each month, received $2,000 for accounting software and training in accounting systems and cost benefit analysis, according to the grant application submitted by Nina Nelson, secretary of the Inasmuch board of directors.

The TAFB Capacity Building Grants provide targeted support for agencies to create, deliver, expand, evaluate and modify effective services, according to Lori Pope, agency capacity manager.

Tarrant Area Food Bank depends on 300 hunger-relief charities in 13 counties to distribute emergency groceries and provide meals and snacks to community members in need. For more information about the Food Bank and its network of partner agencies, visit www.tafb.org, or call 817-332-9177. Find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter as TAFoodBank.

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