MONTE ALTO, Texas – Several organizations and community members came together in Monte Alto on Saturday with an effort to get Delta Area residents to register for the census.
Food was also distributed at the event. Residents could drive-thru have food placed in their vehicles, and also get registered for the census.
“In the low 20 percent have completed it, so we’re trying to promote the census, and kill two birds with one stone. While also providing them with bags of food some meats, proteins, watermelons, they need because times have been rough,” said Monte Alto School Board President, Connie Villanueva
Villanueva said many in the area still live below the poverty level, are elderly, disabled, or just not tech savvy to register on their own.
State Representative, Oscar Longoria of House District 35, was a sponsor and on hand for the event.
“Unfortunately were dealing with the pandemic right now, so a lot of folks are hesitant on individuals coming into their residence and signing them up for the census. There’s various ways to sign up for the census, but we’re just tying to do whatever we can to extend that efforts among the community.” said Longoria
Longoria said events like these have a positive effect in the community and census numbers are critical for state, federal and local funding for communities like Monte Alto.
Villanueva said although this was a one day event, if you do need assistance with filing out the census or food assistance you can call or visit their Community Resource Center.
The Monte Alto Community Resource Center is located at 25149 1st street.