Members of the Faith Family Serve team work the food fair held Wednesday at Faith Family Church. The demand for food was so high that within a half-hour all the food was gone. From left, are Tafi Daniels, Marsha Sims, Aiden Cruz, Melanie Rayner, Ronnie Cruz, Mark Joines and Judy Joines. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting panic led to many retail food and good suppliers holding empty bags for a demanding public.

Many have flocked to local food fairs and that includes ones scheduled in Baytown, which hit a snag Wednesday and potentially more to come.

A planned food fair at Faith Family Church went off without a hitch except for the fact the demand was so intense the event, scheduled from 3-7 p.m., wrapped up within a half hour.

On Tuesday, a fair at Iglesia Cristo Viene served just over 500 families according to Nikki Rincon, executive director of Hearts and Hands of Baytown, a ministry of Iglesia Cristo Viene.

Saturday’s food fair planned from 9 a.m. to noon at the Baytown Community Center has been axed while a fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Hillside Church in Mont Belvieu is still scheduled.

“Logistically, with anticipated crowds it would be very hard to facilitate along with the need for 

volunteers,” Rincon said of Saturday’s closing. “There are a couple of dates and sites we are looking at for that area. We will be making some other changes in venues and times. 

“Everyone is doing the best we can, and flexibility is a must when we are dealing with a constantly changing situation. Events this week ran until food was gone. Saturday, it was a need for more volunteers and yes the volunteers, who have been going non-stop - some since March 13 - are exhausted.”

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