We serve 19 counties, including the two largest counties (Brewster and Pecos) in the state. Our service area includes 17 rural counties with many small communities which is one-third of the population we serve, and the metro area of Midland/Odessa, which constitutes two-thirds of the population we serve.
While the West Texas Food Bank does give food directly to those in need, we primarily function as a distribution center. After receiving donated and surplus food, as well as food purchased at low wholesale prices from manufacturers, the West Texas Food Bank serves as a clearinghouse to solicit, store, inspect, and repack food for our Partner Agencies.
Our vision is a West Texas without hunger. Therefore, our overall goal is to continually improve the quantity, variety, and nutritional quality of foods offered to agencies for distribution to low-income individuals and families in need.
We will not turn anyone away who is hungry, and there is never a fee to our clients who are in need of food.
The West Texas Food Bank welcomes volunteers to both facilities to sort and process donated product, assist with pantry clients, help with gardening needs, and other tasks. Evening and Saturday volunteer opportunities are offered, and large groups are coordinated regularly. This army of volunteers is an integral part of the food bank’s operations, providing thousands of dollars in personnel cost savings that we can put back into serving the community.