Seeing a strong need within the Kyle community, council member Robert Rizo led the creation of a partnership to provide a mass food distribution for Kyle area families.
This past Saturday alone, over 1,300 cars drove through the food distribution event held at the Lehman Highschool parking lot. To date, over 6,000 households have been served through the food distribution events held in Kyle.
Kyle area families facing food insecurity can drive to the event to receive a box of assorted produce, milk, and a protein box. Actual contents may vary depending on availability. All are welcome and no registration is required.
Councilmember Rizo said that this first came to fruition back in April of 2020 when Jeff Gonzales of the Central Texas Food Bank reached out asking for extra manpower to help put together the food boxes used for distribution. Rizo reached out to the Kyle community organizations and Saint Anthony’s stepped up and offered to help put together the food boxes.
This first effort was made even more challenging because it was right at the beginning of COVID, so extra logistical steps were taken to ensure the safety of the volunteers and sanitary conditions for assembly. Councilmember Rizo joke that Saint Anthony’s was actually the fastest box building organization in Central Texas, so much so that they were asked to slow down the pace.
Ultimately the partnership included the City of Kyle, Central Texas Food Bank, Hays CISD, St Anthony’s church, TDS Disposal Systems, and several other organizations.
Special thanks to all the volunteers and elected officials that worked hard to make this possible.
Councilmember Rizo stated that the distributions will continue in Kyle as long as there continues to be a need.