Brownwood's Good Samaritan Ministries helps combat child hunger

POSTED: 8:21 PM Jun 25 2013
Brownwood Global Samaritan Food

If you do good, you feel good.

The Good Samaritan Ministries in Brownwood aims to help potentially malnourished kids through its Food for Thought program.

Volunteers and staff bag and deliver about eight pounds of food every Friday so the kids have enough to eat over the weekend. 

"That's a real good feeling at the end of the day that you've helped someone less fortunate than yourself and it's nothing about you, it's all about them," volunteer/employee Lyndon Harling said. "Just helping out the kids is a joy in itself." 

GSM executive director Angelia Bostick said one of the hard things is not getting to see the end result.

"We're having an impact. Even though it's silent and we don't get to see it, we know that it's happening behind the scenes. It's not like you get see a victory, but you know in your heart that you're doing the right thing and for the right reasons," Bostick said.

Bostick hopes more people in the community will be encouraged to join the effort in making a difference for generations to come.

"It's one of our most vulnerable populations and when you know that kids are potentially going hungry, then being able to do something to alleviate that and to help them out is something that's very special," program manager Misty Bowers said. 

The summer program runs from the beginning of June till the end of August, and then its usual Food for Thought program resumes for the school year. During the summer, GSM purchases food from local grocery stories like Krogers and Walmart. During the school year, food is provided through the Food Bank of West Central Texas.