Updated Pantry Information

published 03/23/2020

UPDATED 3/23/2020
WHERE TO GET FOOD ODESSA

ECISD is providing FREE breakfast and lunch at every school, to every child in Odessa. Please use this valuable resource. Your child needs to be with you to get food.

Shelf stable weekend meals for kids available at Odessa Boys and Girls Clubs at 800 E. 13th or 1476 N. Knox. 4pm - 7pm FRIDAYS ONLY.

The food bank SOCIAL SERVICE workers can assist you over the phone to apply for SNAP (food stamps) benefits. Call 432-580-6333 for assistance.

These are the agencies that can help you in ODESSA with income based food distributions. Please be patient with volunteers as they try to help everyone.

AgencyAddressTelephoneDistribution DaysTimes
Bethlehem Baptist1000 W Clements432-853-1344Fridays8am-9:30pm
Catholic Charities 2500 Andrews 432-332-1387Tue- Wed- Thurs9am- 12pm
1pm- 3pm
Ector County Greater Works2616 Maple432-614-0694Tue-Wed-Thurs. of the month
Elderly & Disabled Only9am-2pm
Mackey Chapel UMC306 W Clements432-332-7707Last Wednesday of month4pm-6pm
Odessa Meals On Wheels1314 E 5th St.432-333-6451Monday-Friday8am-1pm
Permian Basin Mission Center208 N Adams432-337-0554Monday-Thursday9am- 12:30pm
Salvation Army Odessa811 E 10th St.432-332-0738Monday-Friday9am-12pm,
1pm-4pm
Shadow of Christ16015 S Hwy 385432-332-0024 1st & 15th of Each Month 10am-12pm
St John's Episcopal Church401 N County Rd. West432-333-6022 3rd Sat of Month8am-10am
St. James Missionary Baptist Church2212 E 11 St.432-580-3306
2nd Friday every Month
11am-1pm
Westminster Presbyterian4901 Maple432-366-1321Last Saturday of month10am - 1pm



UPDATED 3/23/2020
WHERE TO GET FOOD MIDLAND
MISD is providing FREE breakfast and lunch at every school, to every child in Midland. Please use this valuable resource.

Shelf stable weekend meals for kids available at Midland Boys and Girls Clubs at 1321 S. Goode St. 4pm - 7pm FRIDAYS ONLY.

The food bank SOCIAL SERVICE workers can assist you over the phone to apply for SNAP (food stamps) benefits. Call 432-580-6333 for assistance.

These are the agencies that can help you in MIDLAND with income based food distributions. Please be patient with volunteers as they try to help everyone.

AgencyAddressTelephoneDistribution DaysTimes
Amos908 S. Loraine432-687-2667Monday - Friday9am-12pm
Bethel Baptist - Christ Grocery Store410 S. Calhoun432-683-94653rd Thursday of The Month10am- 1pm
Casa De Amigos1101 Garden Lane432-682-9701Monday - Friday9am-4pm
Greater Ideal Baptist Church 303 N. Lee St432-349-9354Every Tuesday 11am - 1pm
Midland Baptist Crisis Center806 S. Baird432-685-1467T-W-TH9am-12:00pm
Midland County Greater Works922 S. Main432-694-2501 Tuesday-Friday Delivery Only8am-12:30pm
New Harvest Fellowship4010 N. CR 1130432-924-23412nd & 4th Saturdays10am- 1pm
One Hope Church Of Christ2515 Ohio432-684-98001st & 3rd Tuesday12:30-2pm
Redeemed Church of God406 N. Midland Dr.347-737-89521st Saturday if the Month 10am- 12pm
Salvation Army Of Midland300 S. Baird432-683-3614Monday- Friday9am-4pm
Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen410 E. Florida St432-689-2339Monday - Friday5pm - 7pm
The Seed Food Pantry4210 W. Illinois432-352-3763Last Saturday of The Month8am-12pm

FAQs

published 3/17/20

CAN I DONATE FOOD OR ORGANIZE A FOOD DRIVE?

To ensure the highest food safety standards for our community, we are asking for monetary donations to purchase the most needed items and not encouraging community food drives. We would love for you to DONATE to our virtual food drive or through our website. www.wtxfoodbank.org

IS WTFB FEEDING KIDS BREAKFAST & LUNCH? ARE YOU GOING TO? DO YOU NEED DONATIONS TO FEED KIDS THAT ARE OUT OF SCHOOL?

We are not feeding kids breakfast and lunch – MISD and ECISD are doing that. MISD and ECISD have the funds to pay for that as part of their school breakfast/lunch program. We are working with our partner agencies to help feed children in the evenings and on the weekends. In order for our partners to do that we need DONATIONS to distribute the food.


WHAT DO YOU NEED DONATIONS FOR? HOW WILL MY DONATION BE USED?

WTFB needs funds to feed our current clients, seniors being the priority because they cannot stand in line at the grocery stores and need to not take a chance of exposing themselves to the virus. In order to keep feeding our clients, we need donations to purchase large loads of food. Each truck of product costs between $25,000-30,000 and we typically use that within 10 days. With the increased need we will have to order more. We are expecting more clients because of food shortages and partner agencies that could potentially close their doors. Also, folks are not going to be able to work or will lose their jobs, so we expect more people to need our services in the days to come.

An update on WTFB operations

published 03-16-2020

This morning the West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) will resume business as usual, with a few modifications.
The West Texas Food Bank serves people in crisis every day. We have disaster policies and procedures in place, and we are prepared to serve our 19 counties with pride during these uncertain times.
We are in communication with national, state, and local officials to implement these plans, and we are have been in contact with our regular suppliers to make sure the warehouse has plenty of food to serve our community.
All WTFB classes will be cancelled until the end of the month.
We are working to establish delivery points for our programs serving seniors due to the closure of most senior gathering places. We will have an update a distribution list.
At this time the Senior Pantry at the West Texas Food Bank Midland location will continue to operate on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 12pm, however clients will be asked to “drive-thru,” and WTFB staff will load groceries into their vehicles. Homebound seniors are allowed to set up a proxy to visit the drive-thru in their place.
The emergency pantry at our Odessa facility will also continue normal operations on Monday – Wednesday – Friday, but will also only be accessible via a drive-thru.
Entry into both Midland and Odessa facilities will be limited to staff and volunteers. Clients needing services from our pantries are asked to please use the drive-thru.
At this time our mobile distributions will continue as usual.
A list of partner agencies and mobile distribution sites is available on our website, www.wtxfoodbank.org.
If you are needing help with food or bills, please call 211, and if you are feeling sick, please call 68-NURSE (432-686-8773).
This is an ever-changing situation, and we ask for everyone’s patience as we adapt to our new operating procedures. The West Texas Food Bank must be able to sustain operations in a consistent way during this crisis, and we cannot do that without everyone’s patience and support.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update the public through our regular media channels, our website, but mostly on social media due to the ease of posting. We encourage everyone to follow and like us on Facebook (@FeedWestTX) to keep up with this fluid situation.
We do have a virtual food drive set up, and are asking for monetary donations only at this time.

https://wtfb.fenly.org/drive/west-texas-food-banks-virtual-food-drive/

A statment from Libby Cambell, Executive Director, West Texas Food Bank

Published 03-13-2020

Like the rest of the world, the West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) is closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. I have been in close contact with my key staff to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on WTFB operations.
With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), our national partner Feeding America, our state partner Feeding Texas, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), and local entities throughout the 19 counties we serve, I want to assure both volunteers and the people we serve of our strong commitment to the health and wellness of all who have contact with the Food Bank.
Keeping a clean facility and following the best practices for food safety are part of our culture. We ask that you help partner with us and concentrate on the facts and preventative measures. While the risk is currently low in Texas, and there are no reported cases in our immediate area, we are taking all necessary steps to provide a healthy environment for our community.
Internally we have created a task force which will meet regularly to ensure the health and wellness of our volunteers, staff, and the community we serve as we work to provide the basic necessity of healthy food across our 19 county service area through our network of 80+ partner agencies and direct distribution programs. We have been in contact with our partner agencies to ensure the lines of communication stay open.
As always, I remain in awe of the resiliency of West Texans and their passion and commitment to helping their neighbors. The need for food in our communities was already at an all-time high. This perfect storm of crashing oil prices along with the economic impact of a global pandemic, creates a unique situation for organizations like WTFB, but I want to reassure the communities we serve and our volunteers that we are working closely with our partners, and we are confident that even with the likely increase in demand for our services in the coming weeks and months, because of your support, we are prepared.
Warmly,
Libby Campbell
Published 03/13/2020

Right now, normal operations- including volunteer shifts are continuing, but additional precautionary hygiene measures and contingencies are in place to maintain the health and wellness of our substantial volunteer workforce as well as those who receive our food:

We are taking necessary measures to ensure all employees, visitors, and persons served who are experiencing any symptoms of illness stay home and avoid contact
External facing staff have been provided with sanitizing kits to safeguard themselves and the public
Large WTFB events are cancelled
We are following the recommendations of the CDC to help stop the spread of germs and have posted their guidelines in public areas as a reminder for those coming to the Food Bank
Volunteers are now prompted to wash hands before and during the shift and we will have gloves available upon request
Hand sanitizing stations are available across the volunteer area
Tools used during the volunteer shift are cleaned after each shift
High touch surfaces are cleaned frequently

In addition, we are also providing the following suggestions to employees, volunteers, partners and other supporters:



If you feel ill, stay home and avoid exposing others
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands)

WTFB is committed to the West Texas community and serving our neighbors in need.

As noted above: at this time, we have not canceled any upcoming volunteer opportunities, but we will continue to monitor for additional guidance. Should things change we will alert volunteer groups and post on social media.

For additional information and resources please visit the CDC website or call the Texas Department of State Health Services hotline: 1-877-570-9779 Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday - Friday