A Houston Food Bank employee unloads free food boxes for seniors at The Well on Masters Road.

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A Houston Food Bank employee unloads free food boxes for seniors at The Well on Masters Road.

A Houston Food Bank employee unloads free food boxes for seniors at The Well on Masters Road.

By LYNN SHIGEKAWA

The Well on Masters Road in Manvel is the site for an exciting community action outreach program that provides a regular food pantry and fellowship for local people in need of a little assistance.

The family atmosphere begins at the front door of The Church on Masters Road which has generously provided space for the pantry; opens its gathering area; and even provides a church member volunteer to prepare and serve coffee and snacks to both volunteers and pantry participants.

The Well is a Manvel Community Outreach 501(c)(3) organization that operates the Manvel food pantry. The new location has been open since the first Tuesday in March of 2017 and has shown tremendous growth in services in only three months. The first week 66 families representing 221 people were served. Steady demand has increased to a participation level of 174 people representing 598 people by the last week in May.

Mr. and Mrs. Dietz are the key movers and shakers behind the program that is all volunteer. They have inspired multiple partners to provide food, funds or volunteer labor. Houston Food Bank distributes commodities at greatly reduced prices and on Tuesday provided a free box of food to qualified seniors age 60 plus.

Panera Bread donates various bread products on a weekly basis and volunteers from Waymaker, a local adult care center, come on Monday to bag bread. Builders Without Borders of Texas bags dried beans and rice in family size portions and a crew of regular long term volunteers assemble and arrange the food by type for each Tuesday. Tables provide canned vegetables and fruit, protein, pastas and breads and a Pick Any One table provides a treat at the end.

Other partners in food drives, donations or volunteer work include Manvel High School, Manvel Junior High, Ron Carter Alvin, Manvel Post Office, Family of Faith Bible Church, First United Methodist Church-Pearland, Lucky Elephant, Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria County, New Hope Church, Southway Community Church, Stampede, and various Alvin ISD food drives.

Summer means children at home and the pantry is currently running very low on canned fruit, macaroni and cheese and cereals. If any individual or organization would like to conduct a food drive, donate funds or to help replenish items, contact Ruth Dietz at [email protected]

The food pantry is open every Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants may register and receive food at that time. The Well is located at 6911 Masters Rd in Manvel. Call 832-541-7424 or visit the website at manvelcommunityoutreach.org, thewellonmastersroad.org or find them on Facebook.

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