Law enforcement donate food for elderly


A nonprofit that serves the elderly received a big boost from police officers on Thursday.

They brought much needed food to fill some empty shelves at Manna Kitchen in New Boston.  Manna Kitchen Assistant Director Marci Conley said, “Our food shelves were getting to be pretty bare.”

TxDPS Trooper Jake Boyd said a few weeks ago, a friend told him about the nonprofit’s need for food. He said, “I felt like God was kindof weighing on me to put this together, so I hit up all our local law enforcement agencies.”

In just two weeks, loads of canned goods and water were delivered.  Volunteers at Manna Kitchen serve hot meals to those in need in the New Boston and De Kalb areas.  Conley said, “Most of them are very elderly folks that can’t stand and cook for themselves and this is their only form of food.”

Law enforcement officers said they just look at this as a different way to serve.  TxDPS Sgt. Sylvia Jennings said, “When the call of help is sent out you know, we feel like hey, this is another way we can help.”  Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Captain Shawn Hervey said, “New Boston is a smaller community here in Bowie County and sometimes you know, they might get overlooked in their needs.” 

Manna Kitchen volunteers hope this food will last then until Thanksgiving.  Conley said, “This is amazing, beyond belief amazing.”  Boyd added, “It was just time for us as citizens of Bowie County to come together to serve others.” 

Manna Kitchen volunteers said they are always in need of donations.  They are located at 301 North Center Street, New Boston, Texas.

Agencies participating in this food drive include: Texas DPS; Texarkana, Texas Police; Nash Police; Wake Village Police; Bowie County Sheriff’s Office; New Boston Police; Union Pacific Railroad Police; Texas Game Wardens; Hooks Police; Bowie County Precinct 5 Constable; Bowie County District Attorney’s Office; The ArkLaTex 100 Club; Pink Behind the Thin Blue Line; Aspen Dental; Fellowship Bible Church

Statement  by Trooper Jake Boyd:

A few weeks back a good friend of mine shared this information to me of Manna Kitchen running low on food for the disabled and elderly. So I thought what better way to help others in need, than to have a canned food drive to help out with this cause. 

I believe a lot of us including myself get caught up in our own lives due to being so busy and we forget to stop and realize how blessed we truly are. It says in the Bible “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

Now, I would like to thank all of our State and local LE Agencies, businesses, and organizations here in Bowie County that assisted with making this event happen. It was definitely a team effort. 
We have enough evil going on in our world today and It’s just nice to see the citizens of this community come together to help those in need. 

I, along with these other officers here today got into LE to protect and serve others. To us this is part of serving others.

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