North Harlingen Rotary donates to food pantry

Nov. 30—HARLINGEN — The North Harlingen Rotary Club has stepped into the breach with a $1,000 donation to the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry.

The club has been a generous donor to the pantry over the years, said club President Ros Salmeron.

"They're some of the people we donate to pretty much every year," Salmeron said. "Because they always fall short.

"Their operation is amazing," she said. "Actually, they're working out of like a two-car garage and the amount of volunteers around also is just amazing. They get so much done."

The pantry in these tough economic times has been going full-tilt with its food package giveaways that occur every Wednesday morning.

The pantry moved to drive-thru service during the pandemic and continues to serve more than 200 clients that way every week.

"They said they'd be here yesterday, and I said, 'That's God at work,'" said Jim Coffman, the pantry director.

"Absolutely it is welcome," he added. "We had 500 turkeys which cost us around $1,700 from the food bank and that thousand dollars is more than 50 percent of that."

The North Harlingen Rotary Club has its offices at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 602 Morgan Blvd.

"You don't have to look very far in the Valley to find need," Salmeron said. "People need help everywhere."