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THE PORTABLE
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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to end hunger and poor nutrition for our senior population by 
providing access to the food they need to live healthier lives.

OUR VISSION

The Portable Pantry collaborates with the community, business, and government 
services to provide healthier food options and accessibility focused on the senior
 population by distributing food in efforts to end hunger insecurity.

Established in 2013, the Portable Pantry Project is a resource that helps seniors with 
lower incomes in the Mesquite and East Dallas area receive food midway through the
month. Seniors on social security typically run out of money funds toward the end of 
the month. The Portable Pantry Project bridges that gap by supplying food items to 
assist them through the remainder of the month.

Griswold Home Care created this program with the assistance of Mesquite Social 
Services, the City of Mesquite (senior centers), Mesquite Elks Lodge, and its volunteers. 
Over the past ten years, we have delivered over 20,000 bags of food to our seniors in 
the Mesquite and East Dallas areas, plus an additional 1,200 boxes of food to qualifying
seniors. Every bag of food can create eight additional meals, and a box can provide 
ten additional extra meals.

Meals delivered in the past ten years 
totaled 172,000 meals provided to seniors 
in the Mesquite and East Dallas areas.
We created the Portable Pantry Project (PPP) in October of 2013, when we made our 
first food shipment to Mesquite’s Goodbar Senior Center. We delivered 50 bags of food 
that were donated to us by Mesquite Social Services. Eight years later, we are still
providing food to needy seniors in the Mesquite/East Dallas areas.

The PPP was created by Griswold Home Care Mesquite, TX, Mesquite Social Services 
(now defunct), Mesquite Senior Recreation Centers, and the Mesquite Elks Lodge 
2404. We designed the PPP for seniors living on Social Security to help them get 
through the month. We know seniors’ Social Security money tends to run out or is very 
low towards the end of the month, so providing food to them helps stretch those 
dollars. We deliver bags or boxes of food to Mesquite Goodbar Senior Center on the 3rd 
Tuesday of each month, and then the food gets distributed to seniors who have signed 
up for the program.

In 2018, we joined forces with the Sharing Life Community Outreach Center 
in Mesquite, TX. Working with Sharing Life has been a wonderful experience. We have 
increased food quality and added the PAN Program (Patient Access Network) for 
seniors who can qualify, courtesy of the North Texas Food Bank. Sharing Life has been 
great at helping us make this an even better program, and we look forward to our 
continued partnership with them.

Mesquite’s Goodbar Senior Center has been a staple of this program, and the 
leadership team with Kristen Herndon – the center’s manager – is so passionate about 
this program. Every month, Kristen is part of the process. Kristen and her team love 
their seniors and will do anything they can to help them, like standing outside during 
a pandemic, in the rain, in the cold, or in 100-degree heat, to make sure their seniors 
get the food and support they need.
We love supporting our seniors in 
our community and look for many
ways to do so.

Special thanks to the following people
for their continued support:
Bill Gibson, Chandler Gibson, Glenn Penson, 
Kevin Goldsberry, Kristen Herndon

Helping Seniors In Mesquite
Make Ends Meet

Contact

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If you know of 
someone who could
benefit from the PPP, or
if you would like to
volunteer, call
972-571-9273 or fill out
and submit the 
contact form.
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Office Address: 617 N. Ebrite Street,
Mesquite, TX, 75149
Mailing Address: 3330 N. Galloway Avenue,
Suite 304-119, Mesquite, TX,75150
Fax: 972-546-1872
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