For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me. (Matthew 25:35-36 NIV)
Volunteers Keep Lake Area Shared Ministries Alive and Well
Volunteers at a Quarterly Meeting
Lake Area Shared Ministries (LASM), is an agency with over 40 volunteers. LASM is supported by Churches, Organizations, Individuals as well as local and Hunt County businesses. Since our opening in 2002 the needs in our community have increased. The following chart shows food assistance for the last few years.
For the year 2016 we have given out 1,220 boxes of food through June.
LASM has been fortunate in the past years to receive grants from Farmers Electric Co-op (FEC) and Trinity Valley Electric Co-op (TVEC) to assist their customers, who are LASM clients, in paying their electric bills. We also receive grants from United Way and Hunt Memorial Hospital District (HMHD) to help clients with prescription costs
Each year our needs rise in providing nutritious meals to those clients in need. The churches, organizations and individuals in this community sponsor LASM with monetary donations as well as food donations. Some examples of community involvement come from food drives yearly sponsored by:
Quinlan Independent School District – Over 4,000 cans of food and food items donated in their holiday drives at each campus in 2015
Dollar Tree, Quinlan, TX – Over 1,000 cans of food and food items donated.
Quinlan Post Office with their “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign with food picked up by letter carriers from residents in our community! Over 3,600 cans of food and food items were donated in 2016.
The LASM food pantry also works to sure Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are supplied to our clients who qualify and sign up for assistance. These meals are given in time for preparation and include Turkeys (when available) along with all the side vegetables to prepare a meal to help a family create a memory, and know that without LASM this meal might not have been possible.