Second Mile Mission Center will be expanding its hours of operation to provide food and personalized counseling to the working poor in Fort Bend County during select evening and weekend hours. Funded in part by The George Foundation, this initiative aims to reach food insecure families who often don’t get the chance to receive badly needed assistance.
“Our simple goal is to help more people,” said Sarah White, Executive Director of Second Mile. “This will save a single mother or other sole breadwinner from having to decide between earning income during the day or taking time off to get food.”
Starting March 6, Second Mile will launch hours of operation on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The hours will add up to an additional 30 hours of service each month for individuals who need access to help outside of regular business hours.
A study sponsored by The George Foundation cited food as one of the greatest areas of need in Fort Bend County. In 2011, Second Mile saw a 10 percent increase overall in the number of families seeking assistance. Many families are living paycheck to paycheck and one crisis can set them deep into debt and food insecurity.
“A major reason individuals don’t seek help is because they don’t know it’s out there,” said White. “We are asking the community’s help to spread the word to their friends and neighbors that services are available in our area even in nontraditional hours.”
Second Mile is looking for volunteers to assist families and to help prepare and distribute food. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to call (281) 261-9199 ext. 245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those seeking assistance, no appointments are necessary as walk-ins are welcome during all of Second Mile’s operating hours. Second Mile is located at 504 FM 1092 Rd. in the Oak Plaza Center behind Sherwin Williams and near Avenue E.