RCD receives grant for food programs

Posted on 26 Feb 2009 at 6:22pm
By Staff Reports

MAZON gives center $5,000 for pantry, hot lunches

The Resource Center of Dallas has received a $5,000 national grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger in support of the center’s food and nutrition programs.

Bret Camp, associate executive director for health and medical services at the center, said the grant will provide "critical financial support to our long-standing pantry and hot meals programs" during tough economic times. "Many of our clients live on a fixed income and are unable to work, and the services we provide through these programs improve their health and quality of their life," Camp added.

The Resource Center of Dallas provides nutritional services through its food pantry and through hot lunches offered at the John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Community Center. The pantry, which began in 1985 with donated food kept in a cardboard box in a shop on the Cedar Springs strip, recently relocated to 5450 Denton Drive Cutoff and serves more than 800 clients each Monday through Thursday. The hot lunch programs began in the early 1990s, and the center is one of two agencies in Dallas County providing hot meals in a nonresidential setting to those living with HIV/AIDS. More than 100 clients a day eat lunch at the center each Monday through Friday.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is one of the largest privately supported philanthropic organizations addressing hunger in America.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 27, 2009.

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