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MAGS responds to increased need for food

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The food pantry will now open one evening per month in addition to weekday mornings

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MABANK–Mabank Area Good Samaritans (MAGS) is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to serve the community and will now be open the first Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MAGS is located at 405 W. Walnut Street in Mabank in the same building as the Senior Center.
For many of us, meals are a time to enjoy friends, family and delicious food but for some, meals are simply a struggle to have enough food. MAGS lends a large helping hand to persons of Henderson, Van Zandt and Kaufman Counties as they box fresh produce, meats, breads, vegetables and fruit, as well as other needed items. The volunteers, mostly from area churches, boxed food for 987 people in June and 1,032 in July. In 2018, 2,945 families were served comprising 9,758 people, including 3,086 children, totaling 146,370 meals. MAGS has seen a 28% increase in need over the last year and the need continues to rise.
All those who help out at MAGS are volunteers. There are no paid employees. Volunteers have the opportunity to help clients fill their boxes, stock shelves, bag cat/dog food, drive to area towns for food item pickup, drive to the Tyler warehouse to purchase warehouse items, complete paperwork and simply enjoy they dynamic personalities of those who need a helping hand. Once a month, volunteers attend a business meeting and lunch, given by one of the churches involved in donating time and money to MAGS.
First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. James Episcopal, Aley Methodist, Elm Grove Church, United Grace Community, First Methodist Eustace and Celebration on the Lake Church are the area churches who provide money and most of the volunteers. MAGS welcomes other churches and civic organizations to join the effort, regardless of the size of the group. Several area businesses, schools, churches, service organizations and individuals have made significant contributions.
Help can be given in many ways. Start a food drive in your place of business, school or church to help defer the cost of food. Monetary donations are always appreciated and allow MAGS to purchase exactly what is needed for clients. The City of Mabank has blessed MAGS with their building so all donations go directly to serve clients. MAGS is also involved with Halloween candy giveaway at Mabank Pavilion, Christmas stockings and special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
For more information, or to get involved, call Kelley (214) 701-0327. MAGS is dedicated to feeding the hungry in the Cedar Creek Lake Area without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation.