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Two months in, CoServ keeps feeding volunteers at TMS vaccination clinic, those in need at The Junction

By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ

CoServ continues to play a critical role in keeping one of the country’s largest COVID-19 vaccination clinics running smoothly and efficiently.

CoServ’s Community Engagement Team has provided thousands of meals for medical workers, first responders and volunteers at Texas Motor Speedway since the 16-lane drive-thru clinics started on February 2.

The team is serving everything from brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, drinks, snacks and breakfast. Most of the food is prepared by CoServ Employees who often stay up all night to smoke the meat and deliver it to TMS.  

Today marks the final day of the two-month anniversary of this partnership, with the county offering up its first week of four-day mobile clinics. And CoServ Employees and their food truck, the Snackin’ Wagon, haven’t missed a beat, attending every clinic with no plans to slow down now.

“As long as there are volunteers, first responders and medical professionals giving out vaccines, CoServ will be there to help,” said Randy Copeland, CoServ’s Energy Education Expert.

According to data by Denton County Public Health, the mobile vaccine clinics have provided more than 200,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to residents and others in the area. Of those, 153,018 were first doses and 66,734 were second doses.

The vaccination clinic at TMS serves as a model for the country with wait times as short as 30 minutes from start to finish, including the 15-minute observation period.

The food, snacks and drinks lift spirits and morale in the tents and parking lot at TMS, where everyone is working toward a common goal – ending the pandemic.

“CoServ has gone above and beyond in providing food for the 400 staff and volunteers needed each day we plan a vaccination clinic,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “We truly appreciate their willingness to partner with us in our mission to get as many shots into arms as possible.”

If there are leftovers at the end of the day, CoServ donates the food to The Junction to help feed hundreds of homeless in Denton. The Junction formed when the food bank, Our Daily Bread, and the night shelter, Monsignor King Outreach, merged last year to better serve the community.

CoServ’s food donations came at just the right time for an organization that feeds 400 to 500 meals a day at three locations. The Junction has been dealing with meat shortages and a lack of volunteers since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

“It’s definitely a benefit to have food that’s already been prepared because that cuts down on kitchen staff time and it’s serving so many people,” said Alva Santos, assistant director at The Junction. “We haven’t been able to offer pork in almost nine months! Those beef and pork donations haven’t been coming in until CoServ started donating them.”

Alva said she is hopeful that with more people getting vaccinated at clinics like the one at TMS, more people will return to volunteering and help meet the community’s needs.

For more information on volunteering visit: Our Daily Bread.

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