High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) is in crucial need of financial donations to fill the gap of a $300,000 summertime shortfall, to continue serving between 8,000 and 9,000 families each month throughout its 29-county service area. Traditionally known for collecting cans, the food bank is asking the community to begin turning their food drives into fund drives, in order to keep shelves filled with the quality and quantity of food partner agencies truly need to distribute to hungry people.
High Plains Food Bank partners with 170 different partner agencies across the Texas Panhandle who serve clients directly. Our partners continue to grow in number and include many churches, childcare facilities, halfway houses, emergency pantries, shelters, and other non-profits. Many of our feeding partners share the impact our food supply has on their direct outreach to clients. HPFB Executive Director, Zack Wilson expressed, “Summer is a already a heightened season for food insecurity among Texas Panhandle families. School is out, meaning many children who once received a nutritious meal 2-3 times a day may now only be receiving provision once a day.” In addition to that, many individuals already working full-time jobs cannot access the quality and quantity of food they need to provide for everyone in the household. There are simply not enough opportunities and resources in many of the counties we serve, leaving a meal gap. As a Texas Panhandle community, it’s our responsibility to fill that gap, and to do so, we are asking for individual financial donations and monthly partnerships.
“We want to express the importance of our purchase power,” shared Emily Bell, Marketing and Communications Manager at HPFB. Through large-scale donations and corporate partnerships with Feeding America, HPFB can turn a $30.00 donation into 120 meals; that’s 4 meals for every $1.00 donated. We simply cannot continue to alleviate hunger – meaning fill this basic need for up to 9,000 families each month, without a significant number of Texas Panhandle community members partnering with us through a monthly financial donation. When our inventory is strong, our partner agencies can fulfill their mission, and together we can meet the need.
The $300,000 summertime financial shortfall must not be ignored this season, or many families will fall deeper into a cycle of poverty. We are reaching out to every community member, from every generation across the Texas Panhandle, and urging individuals to alleviate hunger by giving what they can each month. It is estimated that one in seven individuals in the Texas Panhandle is food insecure (the inability to provide enough nutritious food for each meal during an average day).