Loaves & Fishes goes to Raymondville

RAYMONDVILLE — Loaves and Fishes will begin serving hot meals here as layoffs push more residents into hard times.

The Harlingen-based organization will serve meals from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Primera Iglesia Cristiana, 589 W. Rodriguez Ave.

Bill Reagan, the organization’s executive director, said Loaves and Fishes has earmarked $7,000 to fund the program that will serve 50 meals per day.

Reagan said the organization will determine whether it will expand later to offer more meals.

“We’re just taking a baby step,” Reagan said yesterday. “If it works, maybe we’ll add more.”

Mayor Gilbert Gonzales said he became involved in the program before Walmart announced it would close its Raymondville store.

“It’s something we are in need of,” Gonzales said. “It’s a big need. There are a lot of people.”

Minerva Simpson, a Raymondville native who serves as Loaves and Fishes’ president, said she pushed for the program.

“I always prayed God would bring me a solution to bring to Raymondville,” Simpson said. “It’s happening.”

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