Wesley Nurse and the food pantry: A likely fit

By Sharlene Scheler, Wesley Nurse, Smithville


Food insecurity threatens millions of Americans. During any typical week, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas serves more than 48,000 people. Further, 1 in 5 families suffer physical pain from hunger. Smithville, Texas is no different. The community falls within the 26 percent poverty rate. The need is great, but thankfully, the giving hearts of others are great too.

The Smithville Food Pantry services Bastrop Country and the Smithville area. The site distributes food and other necessities on Wednesday mornings each week to an average of 80 families. During this time, I see pantry clients for blood pressure and sugar checks. In addition, I answer other questions and provide healthcare referrals. My partnership with the food pantry made perfect sense. The clients are already making the trip so if I'm there too; it makes meeting with me a convenient stop.

I found that partnering with local organizations, such as the food pantry, is rewarding. It is easy for the client and builds a network of support they can trust for quality care. My natural passion for helping others is always searching for new ways to help, such as developing the annual Smithville Diaper Drives in partnership with my local food pantry.

While hunger and food insecurity are serious concerns, each of us can help support those in need by donating or volunteering at a local food bank.

I have come to the realization that each of us can truly make a difference in the lives of others.