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. It was soon known as the ALICE FOOD PANTRY. Also needed was a steady supply of food and funds. TRASH & TREASURE, a retail resale outlet where donated merchandise of all kinds is sold was established. 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. Funds raised by Trash & Treasure supply approximately 20% of the operational cost of the Food Pantry. The other 80% comes from personal donations, food drives and fund raisers. The most important fund raiser for us is One Day of Giving, which is sponsored by the Coastal Bend Foundation. This year on November 10, 2015, all donations will be doubled, up to $16,500. Proceeds go to pay: utilities, insurance, maintenance and food purchases. These three groups: ALICE VOLUNTEER SERVICES, ALICE FOOD PANTRY, and TRASH & TREASURE are all run efficiently by a team of dedicated volunteers.
Our mission has changed since 1983. All food pantries in the Coastal Bend are no longer emergency aid only. With the recent economic downturn, everyone has been hit hard. Everyone is experiencing "emergency" needs. Many hard working families have lost their jobs. Some have lost their homes, vehicles, etc. and have been forced to combine families in one home to make ends meet. Grandparents are raising their grandchildren because parents have deserted them. The situation in Jim Well County is very desparate. People are scared, depressed and in need. We have been informed by the Food Bank of Corpus Christi that HEB will sponsor NO "Share Your Christmas" campaign which generated approximately $10,000. There will also be a severe shortage of USDA food products, which has been our primary source of food, for purchase. We will now be forced to purchase from wholesalers and it costs us 7x as much! This will be a serious situation for the Food Pantry and that is not good for our community. We served 16,000 individuals in 2014. We expect to serve many more this year and next due to our depressed economy.
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