Mauriceville family creates "Blessing Box" to provide free food

Standing right beside FM 1136 in Mauriceville is Julie and her husband Ottis Pinder's "Blessing Box."

MAURICEVILLE - Standing right beside FM 1136 in Mauriceville is Julie and her husband Ottis Pinder's "Blessing Box."

Inside are free food items and hygiene products.

She got the idea to help from Facebook, where hundreds have "Free Food Pantrys" or "Blessing Boxes" of their own.

The boxes are filled with non-perishable food items for anyone to take for free.

People are also encouraged to give food items if they can.

Julie Pinder’s has Bible verses on the outside.

“Because in the Bible, Jesus said we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” said Julie Pinder. “Loving our neighbors means not wanting them to be hungry for one thing."

In Orange County, according to the latest figures from the non-profit "Feeding America,” more than 1700 people are food insecure. This means they do not have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.
Pinder's family hopes to change that.

"I hope it sends a challenge that if everyone would … seriously consider doing something like this in your neighborhood or community, I hope it spreads like wildfire,” said Pinder. “I would love to see one in every single neighborhood across the country. So that nobody goes to bed hungry at night."

Pinder lives in the 5400 block of FM 1136 in Mauriceville.

She started her box two days ago and has already had more than a dozen people pick up items or drop them off.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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