SAN ANGELO — In what has become an all too familiar sign of the need during the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of vehicles showed up for a food distribution event at the St. Paul Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020

As the line of vehicles snaked its way around the block and through the parking lot of the church, a small army of volunteers moved boxes of food from pallets in a sorting room to the distribution line outside. Pastor Tim Davenport-Herbst said the church has seen a significant spike in the amount of people showing up in recent weeks.

“We’ve been doing this every single week since the beginning of August and what we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks is a huge increase,” Davenport-Herbst said. “We went from around 220 families a week to 340 last week and we are going to see more this week. We are seeing a huge increase. The only way Jesus ever told us we would be judged, is by how we treat our neighbor. When you reach out to people in distress, you are showing love.”

Colin Murphey is a photojournalist covering all things in West Texas for the San Angelo Standard-Times. Send him a news tip at [email protected]. Consider supporting West Texas journalism with a subscription to

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