A convoy spreading hope and kindness rolled into San Antonio on Saturday.
Serving over 7,000 families, the Convoy of Hope aims to help people have access to healthy foods.
Families gathered in lots B and C of the Alamodome where they were able to get health screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals and even go home with a bag of fresh groceries.
Many of the families live in places where healthy options aren’t readily available, or food deserts.
Texas ranks 2nd in the nation when it comes to food insecurity, that’s when a household struggles to acquire enough food, according to Corey Sparks, Associate Professor at UTSA.
Sparks' research shows nearly 15 percent of households in San Antonio are food insecure and 17 percent of the Bexar County population lived in a food desert as of 2010.
“A lot of people have this misconception that you have to have a lot of money to eat healthy and so they’re here to provide resources to these families that help them know how to eat healthy without using a lot of money,” Erickson said.
“It’s a little relief,” Mother of three Coretta Simonis said.
Families were also able to access long-term resources.
“We’re providing job and career services so they can go in and meet with potential employers, learn to write resumes, and sit in on an interview,” Erickson said.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the convoy sign up here.