Crossroads Community Services partners with churches, public housing facilities and neighborhood centers to combat food insecurity

Mary Wesley walks to her church, just a block from Carpenter’s Point, a low-income housing community for elderly people in Dolphin Heights. She’s going to help pack boxes of food for her neighbors. She’s been volunteering once a month for 10 years.

“We enjoy giving out vegetables, because so many people like cooking vegetables, and meat sometimes, like tuna fish and sausage,” Wesley, 71, says. 

This month, it’s mostly canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti and ready-to-go meals. There are about 30 cartons of milk and prepackaged cheese. The fresh items will go quickly.

Ms. Paula Johnson seen here working on food distribution packages for local community residents at the Cities of Refuge Church
(Photo Credit: Nitashia Johnson/contributor)

As part of a North Texas-wide food distribution network, The Cities of Refuge church serves about 60 regular clients, says April Parker, the executive assistant at


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