This is a term used to describe a packet of various food items.
Even though families are able to visit the Church for a free breakfast, they still struggle to provide food for their family at home.
Families often find themselves in temporary situations where there someone has lost their job, has had no work, a parent has left the home or families have just moved to the Canyon.
When someone from the community comes to us to let us know about the situation, we put them on a list to receive a weekly Dispensa. We are able to provide some basics like rice and beans, packets of pasta and tomato sauce, cooking oil, bags of sugar, soup mixes, and tortillas that they can take home to tide them over for a couple of days.
Martita does the shopping every week and prepares each bag with the families name on it. Then our volunteers come to pick up the dispensa and go out to visit the family in need and to pray with them. This way, we get a weekly update on how they are doing, make sure that someone from the community is visiting with them and helps us to determine if there are other emergent needs and if the family is still in need of help each week.
The idea is about the community serving the community.