A newly formed charitable organization is getting set up to feed those who are in need in the Hardin-Jefferson area. Although the founder of the Hardin-Jefferson Hunger Initiative, John Walker, says they will not turn anyone away due to where they live.
Walker, former mayor of the City of China, says that while he was the mayor he became interested in the demographics of the area and he began to notice many people live at or below the federal poverty level. “It weighed on me that we needed to help these people,” said Walker.
“Our mission is to bring healthy, nutritious food to people in the Hardin-Jefferson school district. That’s our region, but we wouldn’t turn anyone away,” he said.
Their program will be income-based. “They will tell us how much money they make and their household income. It’s not our job to police anyone,” explained Walker.
The Southeast Texas Food Bank does a produce drop for the Hardin-Jefferson area on occasion. That is for everyone and there are no economic qualifications.
They have secured a building to house the operation and it was donated to them for a year. They have done extensive cleaning and have finished painting it on the inside. They received donations of materials and labor.
Non-perishable food items can be donated to the organization when their building is ready to store food.
This will be the first month when the 501c3 organization will have bills to pay and they have enough to pay them. “We hope to come to a point where we aren’t worried about paying the bills,” said Walker. He continued to say that any amount of money helps. Donations can be made on their Facebook page and on their web site at www.feedhj.com.