Food Bank Distribution Rises

Food Bank Distribution Rises

AMARILLO -- The High Plains Food Bank may need more donations to keep up with demand this year.
AMARILLO -- The High Plains Food Bank may need more donations to keep up with demand this year.   

The food bank tweeted Wednesday that distributions were up by one percent in 2013.

"We had the supply, people heard us," said Broc Carter of the High Plains Food Bank. "They heard us say that we needed donations, they brought them and corporations stepped up and help bring more donations in."

In 2013, the High Plains Food Bank distributed more than seven million pounds of food, including more than two million pounds of fresh produce.

The High Plains Food Bank catered to 29 counties in the area, and even teamed up with the South Plains Food Bank in Lubbock, to help out Plainview after the closing of the Cargill Plant put hundreds on unemployment.

"It kinda turned out to be a really great opportunity for us," said Carter. "Because South Pains Food Bank has agencies in that town."
   
"We both looked at what the needs were and made some decisions about getting food into that area," said David Weaver, CEO for the South Plains Food Bank.

But a five billion dollar cut in SNAP benefits may mean more strain for the food banks.

"We're hearing they just don't quite have as much money to purchase food for their families as they did before," said Weaver.

"The people that can't make ends meet are gonna need even more to make ends meet now," said Carter

Despite a strengthening economy, the need for food remains the same.

"I haven't seen our demand getting stronger," said Weaver. "But I've seen it stabilize, and it's not going down as I would've expected with people headed back to work."

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