More than four hundred seniors received food recently as part of a combined effort on behalf of R Family Medical Group and Castro Community Insurance Agency (CCIA) and the San Antonio Food Bank. The food distribution was held at CCIA on November 19, 2020 for low-income seniors in the community.
Volunteers from University of Texas Health Science Center Physician Assistant program joined staff members in distributing more than 20 pounds of food to each applicant including fresh produce and canned goods. Due to increased safety measures surrounding COVID-19, recipients were asked to wear face coverings and park curbside after pulling up to the distribution site to receive their food. A line of cars extended at least two blocks from the site as people waited patiently to receive the food, but staff moved quickly to accommodate recipients. Staff members coordinated traffic while others hauled dolly carts piled high with boxes of food going from one car to the next as they were greeted with muffled hellos from seniors behind the driver’s seat.
“We’re just very grateful to continue to serve the seniors in our community,” said David Ramos, M.D., R Family Medical Group. “When they gather for their Thanksgiving next week, we want them to have healthy food within their reach.”
R Family Medical Group and CCIA have hosted the distributions for more than one year now. The event started in July 2019 with 75 boxes and has now grown to reach anywhere from 450 to 600 boxes at each event. The food distributions are held every third Thursday of each month and benefit seniors ages 60 and up and on a low-monthly income.