Aztec Community Assistance provides groceries to local residents in need, as well as gasoline, clothing, school supplies, and occasional help with rent or utilities. We are open from Monday through Thursday each week between 8:30 to 12:30. Aztec Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall has been transformed by walls of shelves holding labeled boxes of sorted non-perishable foods.
The Aztec program has been going on for many years, but we ramped up our publicity and our profile in the community after partnering with the Post Office to receive their yearly food drive. The UPS volunteers loaded the food on their trucks from the Post Office and unloaded it at the church. Human chains handed off the sacks of food into the basement Fellowship Hall, where other volunteers (school kids, teachers, and church members) worked together to sort and store the organized food on shelves. Several times, we have had recipients of the food come to help with this organization, too. Another big day is the Sunday before Thanksgiving. We’ve partnered with the Public Schools Social Workers to identify families needing Thanksgiving Food Baskets. We’ve put together a list of foods in their baskets, but all include turkey, dressing, etc. Church members fill the tubs after sharing a pot-luck lunch after church. These are delivered to the schools on Monday for the families to pick up, or delivered directly to families that lack transportation.