The West Texas Food Bank has a special place in our heart for a few reasons, but a huge part is their amazing efforts to distribute food to hungry children, families, and senior citizens within the West Texas community.
Founded in Odessa, TX in 1985 by a group of citizens who wanted to address the critical issue of hunger in West Texas, The West Texas Food Bank is making major strides in fighting hunger. In their first year of operation, WTFB distributed more than 200,000 pounds of food to 40 Partner Agencies. Today, WTFB’s main administrative office and warehouse are located in Odessa, TX, with a satellite office and warehouse in Alpine, TX and the Community Volunteer Center is set to open in spring of 2016 in Midland, TX.
The WTFB participated in ALON’s Load The Code contest and was a finalist in 2014. Load The Code is a competition geared to regional non-profit organizations and the communities they serve. The competition included organization from Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma and encouraged members of the community to download an app to their mobile device and vote for their favorite charity for the charity’s chance to win $30,000. Community members also had the chance to scan in a code from a local Alon store and enter it into the app for their own chance to win free gas or even a car.
You can help the West Texas Food Bank this year by making a donation at the food drive during Odessa’s Boo Fest located in Odessa, Texas. Other ways to donate include making a financial donation, volunteering your time or participating in an event. You can even start your own food drive or fund drive. Every dollar collected provided four meals to those in need. For more information about the West Texas Food Bank, the good work they do and how you can help please visit their website at www.wtxfoodbank.org.