On a chilly Wednesday morning at Oasis HD Church, a line of people waited for The Green Board food pantry to open up so they could feed their families.


For a $25 donation, people were given a bin of food that included potatoes, zucchini, pasta, chips, rice, beans, bread, eggs, onions, salsa, a case of pancake batter, soda and several watermelon, and were also helped to their cars by volunteers.


"They give you tremendous help," first-timer Cassandra Romero said. "I can't believe how much they give you for only $25."


"Just remember, it's not just the holidays, it's year-round we need help," said Monika Coleman, who is in need because she and her husband's savings were spent on hospital bills. "We have to think of others and thank God for those that do take care of others."


The non-profit food pantry first opened on Nov. 6 at a prior location near the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hesperia and provided for 94 families. The change of location had about 35 families Wednesday morning, according to co-founder Rosie Vega, who plans to host the pantry twice a month.


"We saw the need in the High Desert and along with (World Harvest's) assistance, and personal funds, we've been able to put what we have here together," said Vega, who started the pantry with Sal Cardoza after they saw World Harvest's work in Los Angeles.


Upon seeing food pantries in the area provided mostly dry goods, Vega said, The Green Board wanted to fill a need for fruits and vegetables.


"Anybody can participate, no qualification, no income qualifier, no questions asked," volunteer Rachel Berman said. "It's open to everybody, which is wonderful about this program."


"Everybody's having a hard time putting food on the table (with a) lot of bills," Madelyn Lopez said. "It's really hard."


"A lot of people don't have jobs and can't afford the groceries that are rising and getting smaller by the package," Lashara Morrison said.


Kenneth Simpson and his wife, Jennifer came to pick up food for their family, which includes two children, as well as for a neighbor who couldn't come herself.


"Their food pantry seems to want to help out the families in need right now," Jennifer Simpson said. "I can't say no to that."


The food pantry "promotes healthy families," and even though eating out is cheap, the pantry provides plenty of food for $25 and the chance to have a "healthy meal" at home with family, according to Kenneth Simpson.


"Promotes family time yeah, it's just food, but in the long run it does more than that," he said.


The pantry will return to Oasis HD Church at 11610 I Ave. at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 with food available until supplies run out.


Food and money donations are accepted, as well as volunteers. Contact Vega at 760-265-2984 for more information. Check out The Green Board Food Pantry Facebook page for times, location and food offerings.