Client Choice Food Mart

Ann Caroline, a volunteer at the Galveston County Food Bank, helps Jesse Julius check out at the Client Choice Food Mart on Tuesday in Texas City. The food mart allows clients to select food, personal hygiene products and clean supplies in a grocery store-like setting.

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TEXAS CITY — The Mainland Children’s Partnership is planning to open a food pantry next month and will look to work with the Galveston County Food Bank to provide food and services in the mid-county area.

The partnership, along with the United Faith Alliance, will open Susan’s Market food pantry in May, said Lynda Perez, executive director of the Mainland Children’s Partnership.

The new food pantry will be in the partnership’s building at 2000 Texas Ave.

The Galveston County Food Bank, which is the main hub for distributing food across the county, will continue to operate its Client’s Choice Food Mart at 624 4th Ave. N. in Texas City and at 903 53rd St. in Galveston, said Twila Lindblade, executive director of the Galveston County Food Bank.

Both Perez and Lindblade said a report that indicated the food bank would close its food pantry and the new Susan’s Market would take its place was incorrect.

The partnership and the food bank discussed the possibility of the partnership taking over operations of food bank’s Texas City pantry in August, Perez said. However, the food bank is not moving forward with that plan, Lindblade said.

Lindblade said the pantry will remain open, and the food bank and the partnership will work together to find the best way to serve needy residents in the county.

The two groups do not want to duplicate services but want make sure people’s needs are being met, she said.

The food bank’s Texas City pantry has served more than 2,000 people a month in the first three months of 2014, according to information provided by Lindblade. The majority of those people each month are from Texas City, with other also coming from Hitchcock, La Marque and Santa Fe.

As the new pantry opens, the two organizations may work out a system so the cities served are split between the two pantries, Lindblade said.

“They had recognized that there were growing needs in this area,” she said.

The food bank and the partnership also provide those in need with counseling, assistance and intervention opportunities, and the two organizations could also work on how best to provide those services to the people in need, she said.

“We all work together,” Lindblade said.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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Gary Scoggin

The name "Susan's Market" is in honor of the late Susan DeLao, who was a Mainland Children's Partnership board member for many years and was a passionate voice for the poor and hungry in our community.

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