In 2014, St. Philip’s School and Community Center in partnership with North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) opened the first client choice pantry in South Dallas. The pantry is designed to provide service with dignity by allowing its low income clients to shop in a grocery store environment. Outfitted with grocery aisles, freezer and refrigerated sections, it is a unique concept that is being replicated by the NTFB throughout other low income and food insecure communities.
Now, serving over 750 families twice per month, with 40 pounds of food per person, the pantry is making significant impact in the nutritional needs for thousands of families each year. In July 2019, St. Philip’s became managing operator of the pantry, including assuming the annual $250,000 operating budget. In order to ensure its longer term availability to the families served, the Perot Family responded generously and compassionately to support the pantry with a gift to fund the program in perpetuity.
In honor of Bette Perot, who helped establish the first food pantry on St. Philip’s campus in 1989, the Perot Foundation and Family presented the organization with a $1,500,000 challenge gift to endow and rename the pantry, AUNT BETTE’S COMMUNITY PANTRY.