The Sealy community came out by the hundreds to the KC Hall for the return of Fish Fry Friday.
The Sealy Knights of Columbus host annual Lenten fish fries on Fridays but this year, representatives said the community wouldn’t stop asking if they’d be back, so they held another last Friday and plan on hosting another one in a couple of weeks.
The timing worked out to have the net proceeds benefit the Sealy Christian Food Pantry, which has run into shortfalls in its usual donations of food.
Although they’ve had to alter their distribution schedule, the pantry is gearing up to “serve pantry clients and those affected by COVID-19 with job loss or financial burdens impacting the ability to get food,” on April 29, a post on the pantry’s Facebook page said.
“We're having to spend a whole lot more money on food when we can get it,” Jane Gipson of the Sealy Pantry’s Board of Directors said in a phone interview Monday. “But we're trying; we're not able to distribute food every week like we normally did. We did it once in March, and then we’ll distribute on April 29 and then we are going to do it twice in May, the thirteenth and twenty-seventh.”
Gipson said the new coronavirus has put added risk on every aspect of food distribution at this time, so the best possible way to help the pantry is monetary donations. The panty recently set up a PayPal account with SealyChristianPantry@Outlook.com as the account, or donors may mail checks to 530 Sixth Street, Sealy. Those without a PayPal account can go to PayPal.me/SealyPantry.
“The thing that would be the most helpful to us right now is monetary donations,” Gipson said. “Because we don't want people to put themselves at risk to go out and shop for the pantry, and then if we get food donated there's also some risk for the people at the pantry who have to handle it.”
Last Friday’s fish fry hosted by the Knights of Columbus helped the cause as it served about 500 people and raised almost $1,500 for both the pantry and Immaculate Conception Church. The Knights of Columbus’ mission is to benefit church, youth and the community, according to the group’s website. Representatives added that they’ll be hosting another fry in a couple of weeks.
The food pantry’s Facebook page can be found by searching for Sealy Christian Food Pantry on Facebook. The nonprofit’s Facebook page provides a link to its PayPal account and informs residents of upcoming food distribution dates and specific needs the pantry has.
Gipson said she was grateful for the community’s support because the pantry would not be able to do anything without it.
“We were able to do what we can because of the generosity of the community. We operate solely on donations,” she said. “The community has always been very supportive of the food pantry and we appreciate that.”