Ark Church and Food Bank provide food to hundreds of families before Thanksgiving

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Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank's Mobile Market.

The Ark Church, the Montgomery County Food Bank and other agencies have provided food to 22,000 people over the past few months through their Mobile Markets.

Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank’s Mobile Market.

On Saturday, November 21, The Ark Church and the Food Bank provided food to 400 families. People lined up in their cars in the parking lot of the church, as volunteers provided them with boxes of food. The Ark Church is located at 450 Humble Tank road in Conroe.

Cars lined up at The Ark Church for food from the Mobile Market.
Cars lined up at The Ark Church for food from the Mobile Market.

Anthony Rios, Outreach Pastor at the Ark Church, talked about what the church did when COVID-19 first started.

Anthony Rios, Reach Pastor at the Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank President and CEO Kristine Marlow, at the Mobile Market at the Ark Church.

“Following our state and local guidelines, our church shut down for a few months just to help slow the spread. From an outreach perspective, we partnered with the Montgomery County Food Bank and several other local agencies, to host mobile markets every month. To date, we have served over 4,000 families, 22,000 people (total) with our partnership through the Food Bank,” said Rios.

Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank’s Mobile Market.
Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank’s Mobile Market.

Rios said The Ark Church will continue to partner with the Food Bank in 2021 to host monthly mobile markets.

Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank’s Mobile Market.
Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank’s Mobile Market.

Kristine Marlow, President and CEO of the Montgomery County Food Bank, said the Ark Church has been a fantastic partner for them throughout the pandemic.

Anthony Rios, Reach Pastor at the Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank President and CEO Kristine Marlow, at the Mobile Market at the Ark Church.

“When our world shut down, the need increased, and the Ark Church really stepped up to help serve those people in need,” said Marlow. “One of the ways the Montgomery County Food Bank helps our people is through mobile distributions. We bring product, wonderful nutritious foods, to The Ark Church. They sort it, they help the people who need help and give them a friendly smile, say hello and put the food in their car, and it brings hope to all these people.”

Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank’s Mobile Market.

Marlow talked about how much food the Food Bank has provided to people locally since Mid-March.

“Since that time, we have served over eight-million meals to people in Montgomery County,” said Marlow.

The Food Bank is currently hosting a Holiday Food Drive.

Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank’s Mobile Market.
Volunteers helping serve food at The Ark Church and Montgomery County Food Bank’s Mobile Market.

“Individuals or businesses can host their own food drive and collect non-perishable foods, and they can do that anytime. Specifically, we’re hosting a food drive for the holidays, and then on December 4th, we’re having collection points. One is at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, and one in Conroe, at the Founders Plaza near the Owen Theater,” said Marlow. “We’ll be collecting those donations at that time, but people are welcome to stop by the Food Bank with their donations, or they can contact us.”

The Montgomery County Food Bank’s website is:

Marlow said they’re in need of volunteers.

“At the Food Bank we have volunteer opportunities. We have great protocols in place with social distancing, hand washing, and we wear masks and do temperature checks,” said Marlow. “We rely on our volunteers to sort and package food that’s donated, and they also create family boxes. We also serve our senior population, so we need people to help distribute food at the senior complexes.”

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