SAN ANTONIO – The lines and the signups for the San Antonio Food Bank are as long as ever, with no signs of slowing down.
Tuesday’s mega distribution, however, was not typical as they began a day of service with a moment of silence in honor of George Floyd.
“The deaths of George Floyd and others like him have just been absolutely intolerable,” Dr. George Hilliard said.
Hilliard was one of the speakers who stood before hundreds of volunteers to speak about George Floyd and the importance of the day.
“We must continue to recognize the injustices and I want them to remember the words that Floyd said, ‘I can’t breathe,'” Hilliard said.
Congressman Will Hurd, District 4 councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia and R.C. Buford of the San Antonio Spurs also stood up and spoke out against racism.
“This time, this moment we are in is a huge opportunity... and we have to use this as the tipping point," Buford said.
Then a moment of silence.
“It was hard for me to watch the video and and not feel compelled to do something to take action,” Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank said.
After the speeches and the moment of silence in honor of George Floyd volunteers got back to serving our community by distributing 300,000 pounds of food to thousands of families.
“Not only here in traders Village but we’ve got hundreds of volunteers at the food bank in her other distribution sites all knowing that they’re helping someone in need but they’re also taking a stand against this issue,” Cooper said.
Hilliard said he hopes everyone who heard him speak listens to the message.
“I really want to encourage call San Antonio to come out and make some type of commitment to eliminate social injustices around this country,” Hilliard said.