Produce, Rice, and Beans: Nonprofit Housing Group Supplies Staples to Residents in Need

Produce, Rice, and Beans: Nonprofit Housing Group Supplies Staples to Residents in Need


When Dorthy Winfield  saw an elderly man walking slowly down Callaghan Road pushing a shopping cart across the street from an apartment complex, she dropped what she was doing and ran across the street to see if the man needed food. 

Winfield is a program director with the American Agape Foundation, a nonprofit specializing in affordable housing that hosted a pop-up food pantry on Thursday morning to distribute food to the residents of the Avistar on the Hills apartment complex. The complex, the foundation, and its housing partner Foresight Asset Management work together to ensure the daily needs of residents are met.

The food distribution was the third for American Agape, which has handed out more than 500 boxes of food containing fresh produce, rice, and beans since March, when the impact of the coronavirus pandemic started hitting the unemployed, elderly, and disabled particularly hard, Winfield said. “Food is so important, so we have really been working on making sure people have access to it,” she said.

While mass food distribution events hosted by the San Antonio Food Bank have drawn thousands since the pandemic began, these smaller-scale giveaways play an equally vital role in ensuring that the city’s vulnerable residents don’t go hungry.

The donations were provided by Eco Centro, the environmental sustainability hub at San Antonio College, which provides free produce deliveries to students, faculty, and staff in need throughout the school year in partnership with local farmers market The People’s Nite Market.

The food came from Houston-based produce distributor DiMare Fresh and was funded by part of a $50 million USDA grant as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, said Jovanna Lopez, urban agriculture community coordinator for Eco Centro. 


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