One food pantry in Denton, Vision Ministries, serves the under-resourced by providing food, clothing and other essential items. However, their food pantry has previously been limited to non-refrigerated items because of a lack of adequate refrigeration and freezing. Noting this as a common need for many of the food pantries in the community, Serve Denton, The Village Church and Schindler Refrigeration provided a walk-in refrigerator and freezer to be shared in the community. Both cooling units were installed at Vision Ministries in April 2014, but are shared by First Refuge Ministries, Our Daily Bread and the Denton Community Food Center (DCFC).
In January 2015, the North Texas Food Bank launched a pilot program that gave Vision Ministries and First Refuge Ministries access to 1,000-1,200 pounds of fresh produce per week. These two agencies are able to accept this healthy food because of the cooling units.
According to Tom Newell, Chairman of the DCFC Board of Directors, the refrigerator and freezer have been able to hold 28,958 pounds of food since their installation eight months ago. Without the donation of the cooling units, almost all of this usable food would have gone to waste.
Through communication and collaboration, these organizations were able to find a way to rescue good food to feed the hungry.