Heart of the High Plains: The Heart of Hunger

Zack Wilson works day after day to help hungry people on the High Plains

It's a job Zack Wilson didn't know he'd end up with.

"I make a joke every once in a while-- you don't go to college and think you're going to major in non-profits," the High Plains Food Bank executive director said.   

But for Wilson, hunger is his calling.

"My eyes were open with the amount of need that's out there and who we serve throughout our counties,"  he said.  "And how every task and every duty that's done here-- whether it be the most mundane-- from the paperwork to the accounting to the actual hands on-- getting the food out the door or food coming in the door-- how it truly makes a difference."

Most would find it challenging to be ever-positive in the face of shrinking supplies and increasing demand.  Wilson finds the silver lining. 

"Seeing people in our Texas Panhandle respond to when there's a need out there-- that's what drives us," he said.  "That's what keeps me going. That's what keeps us going, and that's what we have to do.  

Even still, the need is growing.  As baby-boomers age, hunger in our rural communities' senior populations seems to be growing at a rapid pace.  While the need for other populations-- like single parent families is unrelenting.

 "In September we served over 10 thousand households for the first time ever," Wilson explained.
    
His drive to help is just as tenacious.  So, no matter the sleepless nights or the stressful days.  Zack Wilson's heart is in putting an end to hunger here on the High Plains.

 "What an opportunity that you're either happy with what you're doing, but you can, more importantly, see the difference that you can make. "

You can help the High Plains Food Bank feed people on the High Plains.   From November 27th to December 9th, United Supermarkets will allow customers to donate to the HPFB at the register when they check out; this includes every United in the Panhandle.  United will match a portion of what's donated. 

Then, the annual Together We Can Food Drive runs December 4th to 9th at the United Market Street on Georgia. 

 

 


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