Art Gallery Helps Fight Hunger in Hurst – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The Belaire Shopping Center on East Pipeline Road in Hurst is a weekly stop for Carolyn Haga.
It is not there to pick something up. She is there to drop off packages that mean everything to those who need a little help.
“I bring sandwiches several times a week. Sometimes it’s lunch, but most of the time it’s a bag lunch,” said Haga.
Carolyn puts the sandwiches in a refrigerator in front of Central Arts, a nonprofit art gallery. She and others also keep a table next to the refrigerator that is filled with groceries.
The food is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People take what they need or leave what they can. No questions asked.
“If you are homeless or lost your job in the pandemic, anyone in need can come here,” Haga said.
“I get everything I can here and I buy the rest in the store with the little money I have left,” said a woman who stops by regularly.
The pandemic brought great needs and opportunities.
“Boost this creative spirit in ways that can help others at a time when we all need it,” said Cedric Santillan, who knows all about creativity.
He and his father Joshua run Central Arts. Cedric takes care of public relations while Joshua is the director. They saw the community hurt and set up the dining table, then a donated refrigerator right on the doorstep.
“This is our fifth year and the pandemic hit, and all of a sudden we have a building that Hurst paid for that we had to use. We felt the best way to use it was to provide this community with food to supply, “said Joshua Said Santillan. “A year later, I have this whole thing where people just donate food.”
“There’s this whole idea of the starving artist and we want to make sure there isn’t a starving artist. And our whole concept is that you can’t create anything when you’re hungry,” he said.
“We have a lot of great volunteers who take the time to be a part of it, like Carolyn, who are doing an amazing job helping us to successfully address this food insecurity,” added Cedric.
“Bring non-perishable food here, put it on the table,” said Carolyn. “If you want to come and donate food, we have a list of what is accepted and what we cannot accept.”
It is the community that steps in with care and compassion – to meet needs that are both seen and invisible.
“They did it because they knew someone else was hungry and that brought a new sense of faith to my world,” said Joshua Santillan.
“If I can get in touch through a food department and get someone’s stomach filled, it makes my heart full and blessed,” said Carolyn.
CENTRAL ARTS FROM HURST
362 E Pipeline Road
Hurst, TX 76053 To donate, contact Josh Santillan at 817-501-2644