Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry has not missed a day of serving those in need

Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry has not missed a day of service due to the pandemic.

Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry had to adjust their method of servicing those in need. Primarily a volunteer run operation, many of the volunteers are elderly, meaning higher at risk of COVID-19. Therefore VCAM has retooled with a smaller but stronger base of volunteers who show up everyday said executive director of VCAM Marc Hinojosa.

“What we’ve kind of done opposed to what we used to have our client choice food pantry is set up a drive up and drive thorough take out your get your groceries type of deal. There’s minimal social contact. Basically someone drives up they give minimal information they come in a and get groceries and then we basically load up in their trunk or in the back of their pickup. and they are on their way,” said Hinojosa.

On Saturday VCAM added a day of groceries and they served 304 clients in three hours. on their busiest days they serve about half those numbers.

“To see the outpouring of the community support be it financially, be it by donating products, food, groceries or just lending a hand,” continued Hinojosa.

Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry is supported by area churches and local foundations. they are partners with Victoria United Way and the Golden Crescent (COAD)Community Organizations Active in Disasters to ensure that the people in the community are being helped.

The third Saturday of every month is known as VCAM Saturday. The line on Saturday for groceries was about 7 blocks long but the volunteers got to everyone in a timely manner.