During April 2021, Heather White stepped into the capable shoes of outgoing Director Judy Moore who had successfully led Hopkins County Community Chest for eight years. White is not a new face to Hopkins County, nor to the work that Community Chest does for local residents. Heather is originally from Saltillo and a 2002 graduate of Como-Pickton CISD, then following a 15-year career in Lowe’s management, she made a career change. Beginning as a volunteer, she learned just about every task in the daily operations. White got the nod for the Director’s seat as Moore ramped up her retirement plans earlier this year.
In addition to assisting families through the ongoing food distribution programs at the headquarters at 217 Linda Drive in Sulphur Springs, there’s also the Reach-Out program where a mobile unit travels to food distribution stations in the county on a monthly basis. Community Chest also offers bill-pay assistance as well as emergency resource services for families in need. Assistance is determined by income and application process. If you have needs or have questions about Hopkins County Community Chest, you can visit the office Tuesdays and Thursdays, or you may phone 903-885-3452.
For persons currently receiving food assistance, the ‘shopping” format is being restored in May 2021, as opposed to the bulk distribution which was utilized during the pandemic year of 2020. The food products offered in distribution program is funded by donations from sources in the local community as well as distributions from the Northeast Texas Food Bank.