Fort Bend County Commissioner and District Judge Donate Steer to Catholic Charities
Richmond (June 21, 2012) – Fort Bend County Commissioner Richard Morrison and State District Judge Clifford Vacek are joining forces, although one is Democrat and the other Republican, to answer a higher calling in donating hundreds of pounds of beef to the Catholic Charities’ self-select food pantry, Trini’s Corner Market, at Mamie George Community Center.
The two public officials, who attended the Needville Youth Fair’s Livestock Auction this past spring, agreed to team up for the winning bid to purchase the Grand Champion Steer, pitching in a total of $7,000. That amount is going to the college fund of student Cade Zurovec with Needville Future Farmers of America who raised the champ. But the two men’s generosity did not end there.
“Even though we have different political affiliations, we both wanted to help the youth of Needville and to help the community at large through a worthy organization,” said Judge Vacek of the 400th State Judicial District in Fort Bend County, a Republican.
Democratic Commissioner Morrison, whose Precinct 1 encompasses the Mamie George Community Center at 1111 Collins Road in Richmond, and Judge Vacek agreed to donate the beef to the center’s food pantry called Trini’s Corner Market, which gives out food for free to Fort Bend area residents in need.
“My daughter and now my son are volunteering to help at the community center in distributing the food,” Commissioner Morrison said.
Mamie George Community Center director Ernest Lewis III said, “We truly appreciate the generosity of the Commissioner and Judge. In fact, Commissioner Morrison donated 400 pounds of meat last December as well. We mostly have canned goods at Trini’s and frozen chicken so the beef really helps round out our clients’ groceries as families in our community are impacted by climbing food prices.”
According to Tiffany Wyatt, Mamie George Community Center’s basic needs manager, “Hundreds of pounds of this donated beef are currently being processed through Lads Smokehouse and Catering for distribution to Fort Bend area residents in need of groceries.”
Trini’s Corner Market is not your usual food pantry. With stocked shelves and freezers, it looks like many neighborhood stores, complete with grocery carts for clients to shop around for fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, canned goods, bread and toiletries. There is even a check-out counter near the exit, but the food is free for clients who qualify and they range from families with children to senior citizens.
Catholic Charities provides social services to more than 90,000 people each year across the Greater Houston and Galveston regions with a variety of programs that promote self-sufficiency.
About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston provides a comprehensive network of social services aimed at promoting and facilitating self-sufficiency. Services include basic needs assistance, affordable home ownership and transitional housing programs, counseling, disaster recovery, HIV/AIDS ministry, refugee resettlement, immigrant legal services, pregnancy services, adoption and foster care, pregnancy services, and case management for seniors. Catholic Charities serves more than 90,000 people annually throughout the Greater Houston area. Catholic Charities is a nonprofit, United Way agency. For more information, visit www.catholiccharities.org.