The West Texas Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food and fresh produce through our Partner Agencies, Client Choice Pantries, Food 2 Kids Programs, the Disaster Response Mobile Pantry, and the Mobile Outreach Program.
Our greatest impact happens through our 80+ partner agencies. We provide pantry items, fresh produce, dairy, meats, breads, and essential non-food grocery items, and the partner agencies distribute the items, through their programs, to those in need. In addition, social service coordinators from the Food Bank help clients complete applications for state food assistance programs. These collaborations allow us to get food to families, children, and senior citizens who are experiencing hunger.
The West Texas Food Bank provides two client choice pantries. Each pantry is set up like a small grocery store type space offering pantry items, fresh produce, dairy, meats and bread. The Client Choice Pantry in the Odessa facility is open three days a week. The Senior Client Choice Pantry in the Midland facility is open twice a week, specifically for the senior population ages 60 and older.
Tens of thousands of West Texas children are food insecure. We strive to care for these children by providing nutritious food. The West Texas Food Bank partners with various organizations to distribute food to children in need throughout the school year and summer. Our new facilities offer several programs to fight childhood hunger.
The West Texas Food Bank launched this new program in May 2018. Generously donated by Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Feeding Texas, this customized trailer is outfitted with refrigerators, shelving and a H.A.M. radio station. Its purpose is to supplement partner agencies regular distributions and deliver food in rural and under served areas. The mobile pantry will be pulled from the field and used for disaster response as needed (i.e. hurricanes, fires, etc.).
Within the 34,000 square miles that the West Texas Food Bank serves there are extremely rural areas, many without a partner agency to dispense food to the hungry. A fully loaded truck stocked with emergency boxes and fresh produce travels monthly to these areas. The Disaster Response Mobile Pantry will also travel to outreach areas as needed.