The holiday season is often an exceptionally busy time for Texas food banks – that’s why several organizations coordinate efforts to help collect food and keep those food banks stocked throughout the winter months.
The USDA reported that 17 million U.S. households experienced food insecurity at some point during the last two years. And Texas households are not immune to this issue – 1 in 8 Texans (13%), and 1 in 5 Texas children (20%), also suffer from food insecurity.
Helping Locally – Food For Families
No family should have to deal with the struggles of going hungry. Food for Families, an annual project that is sponsored by Boy Scouts of America, HEB Grocery Company, the Longhorn Council, and KWTX News 10, is the largest one-day food drive in Texas. Over 1 million pounds of non-perishable food is collected each year across 9 Texas counties.
For the third consecutive year, STRATA was happy to support the efforts of Food for Families by donating 2,289 pounds of food items!
Thanks to the generosity and efforts of many organizations in the central Texas area, Food for Families was able to collect over 2 million pounds of food last year alone to keep food banks and pantries across Texas stocked for the holiday season. There are many drop-off locations available, making the donation process quick and easy. Financial support is also greatly welcomed – Belton, Killeen, Temple, Clifton, Fairfield, Whitney, and Caritas of Waco pantries are all established as monetary donation recipients.
There are over 200 food banks and 60,000 partner pantries across the country. Feeding America’s Food Bank Finder can help you select a local pantry for you to support, and their user-friendly map can highlight areas that are projected to be the most in need.