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Press Release
July 1, 2023
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Senator Hinojosa Attends Official Opening of St. John of the Cross Works of Mercy Food Pantry in Orange Grove

ORANGE GROVE, TX — Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa joined Jim Wells County Judge Pete Treviño at the St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Orange Grove today to celebrate the official opening of the St. John of the Cross Works of Mercy Food Pantry. This vital project, spearheaded by the church, aims to provide food and other essential items to individuals and families in need in the surrounding areas.

Located conveniently across the street from the church, the St. John of the Cross Works of Mercy Food Pantry will serve as a lifeline for those facing food insecurity. Any person or family in need will have access to the pantry, ensuring that no one in the community goes hungry.

The success of this project would not have been possible without the unwavering support of Father Patrick Donohoe, who has been instrumental in bringing this initiative to fruition. Additionally, community coordinator Bertha Forbes, has shown exceptional leadership in coordinating efforts to establish the food pantry.

Senator Hinojosa has been a strong advocate for addressing food insecurity in the community. Last year, he provided a $5,000 donation to St. John of the Cross, which was to be used to purchase a refrigerator/freezer or for other needs. Bertha Forbes expressed her gratitude to Senator Hinojosa, stating, "We are immensely grateful to Senator Hinojosa for his generous donation. His support has allowed us to purchase essential appliances and shelves, enabling us to open the food pantry sooner than anticipated. We are truly thankful for his commitment to helping our community."

Senator Hinojosa emphasized the importance of coming together during these challenging times, stating, "As many of our neighbors, family members, and friends are facing unprecedented challenges and financial situations, hunger should not be one of their worries. By working together, we can ensure that there is enough food for our families in need." He added, “The St. John of the Cross Works of Mercy Food Pantry will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the lives of those struggling with food insecurity in Orange Grove and the surrounding areas. This initiative serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and compassion.”