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Welcome To

ALICE VOLUNTEER SERVICES

 

 

In 1983 the economy had taken a sharp downturn much like it has now. A group of concerned individuals created a place of temporary emergency assistance for those finding themselves on hard times.  This was the beginning of the ALICE FOOD PANTRY.  What in the world would they think now?  We've been invaded by COVID-19 and a worldwide pandemic.  Add COVID to our already depressed economy and you've got TROUBLE!  Hard times have DOUBLED!  Not only have we lost the oil business, but "mom and pop" stores and service industries have closed.  We lost our valuable association with HEB and Walmart.  We no longer receive FREE pastries, bread, produce, dairy or frozen meat.  This is not only a budgetary loss but a terrible loss of quality fresh items for our clients.  We must now purchase more non-perishable food to distribute which costs money.  The Pantry continued to distribute food in March and were one of only a few pantries who remained open.  Because of sky-rocketing cases and because our volunteers all fall into the high-risk category, we closed in April.  Figuring out a new system that was safe for both volunteers and clients and effective in serving the community was a challenge.  With the help of the City of Alice we implemented a "new way of serving", drive through, and we reopened in May.  Sadly, this new system eliminates the personal interaction that was so valuable to volunteers and clients.  Food distribution is monthly instead of our previous 90 schedule.  Currently, official distribution is one day a week versus every day, which allows volunteers to pre-pack bags for the following day. Because of our new procedures, we are serving as many or more families per week.  Bags have a standard amount for a family of 5, depending on availability of products.  It costs approximately $30 per order.  

TRASH & TREASURE, a retail resale outlet, where donated merchandise of all kinds is sold, was established under the AVS umbrella as a way of generating funds to buy food.  Due to COVID-19, it has been closed since April.  The pandemic has taken its toll in more ways than one.  The loss of revenue is difficult but the significant loss of seasoned, treasured volunteers and lives is a bitter loss.  We are in the midst of reorganizing and revamping TRASH & TREASURE with plans to reopen when conditions are less uncertain.  Check us out on Facebook for reopening details.

Alice Volunteer Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a Board of Directors designated to oversee the operations of Trash & Treasure and Alice Food Pantry.  Previously, funds raised by Trash & Treasure supplied approximately 30% of the operational budget of the Food Pantry.  The other 70% comes from personal donations, grants and fund rasiers.  The most important fund raiser for Alice Volunteer Services is 

 

One Day of Giving

 

which is sponsored by the Coastal Bend Foundation.  This year on November 10, 2020, all donations are doubled, up to $22,000.  Proceeds pay for utilities, insurance, maintenance and food.  These  groups: ALICE FOOD PANTRY, and TRASH & TREASURE fall under the umbrella of ALICE VOLUNTEER SERVICES, INC. and are managed by a dedicated team of volunteers and Board of Directors.

Our mission has definitely changed since 1983.  Food pantries in the Coastal Bend are no longer "emergency" aid only. With the economic downturn and COVID everyone has been hit hard but especially those with low incomes.  Daily living produces "emergencies" around the world.  Unemployment is prevalent.  Many have lost their homes and have combined families into one household to make ends meet.  Grandparents are raising their grandchildren because the parents have left.  The situation in Jim Wells County, the Coastal Bend, our nation and the world is critical. 

 Alice Volunteer Services
Street address: 311 E. Main St. Alice, TX 78332
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1966, Alice, TX 78333
Phone: (361) 664-1015