Rose Hill Community Food Pantry struggling with inflation, maintenance costs

The Wares currently feed over 300 families across Wood County, Now they are unsure they will be able to continue their mission to feed those in need.
Published: Oct. 26, 2022 at 4:08 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2022 at 6:53 PM CDT
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MINEOLA, Texas (KLTV) -Bill and Kris Ware volunteered at multiple different food pantries across Mineola prior to opening their own food pantry facility this year in June called Rose Hill Community Food Pantry.

The Wares currently feed over 300 families across Wood County. Now they are unsure if they will be able to continue their mission to feed those in need.

“We question and ask them what food you like, what food do you not like, so we don’t go out and buy all this stuff that they don’t like. We buy food that they’ll eat and we make meals,” says Kris ware.

Kris Ware and her husband, Bill Ware, have made it their life mission to feed those in need after volunteering at numerous different pantries for years.

“But like they say Kris says how long do you think you’ll be able to keep running like this,” says Kris.

They each used their retirement funds to be able to expand their mission to feed the community.

Now their funds are dwindling down due to inflation, building maintenance, and gas prices.

“And the prices have absolutely gone through the roof, what we used to buy for five dollars now is costing 18″

The Wares travel to places such as jails and low-income communities to feed the hungry.

“If they would go and look at Enchanted Lakes that would be a perfect example of where people are hungry and look at that community and come back and have an open heart so we can collect food and take it to areas like that,” says Bill Ware, who is a disabled vet and a two-time cancer survivor.

He says it would take them around $10,000 a year to keep the food pantry up and operating.

“We can take $10 and buy what a person off the street can go to the grocery store and spend $25 for,” says Bill.

The Wares moved their food pantry into a new building after taking on more clientele over the summer. They will celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 9 at 8 a.m.