Two years ago we introduced Virtual Food Drives. The new Virtual Food Drives did a number of things to help improve how the Food Bank manages food drives.
- First, cash raised from the Virtual Food Drives allows the Food Bank to purchase exactly what we need when we need it.
- Second, having cash on hand allows us to keep gas in our trucks.
- Third, not having to physically pick up food from dozens of food drives allows our trucks to remain on the road to fulfil our mission of a hunger free West Texas.
All three of these improvements are crucial for the West Texas Food Bank this year as we continue to serve more of our hungry neighbors than ever.
As you all know 2020 has been full of changes, and that is no different here at the Food Bank.
This year we are asking our community to hold off on having physical food drives. We are asking that if you are going to use the holiday time to remember those less fortunate, that you do it in a way that is the most helpful. Creating a Virtual Food Drive allows the Food Bank to continue to operate at our increased pace without having to spend volunteer time sorting and processing food donations. We need those volunteer hours to go to assembling Pantry Boxes, and sorting produce into Vegetable Boxes.
We know this time of year always shines a spotlight on our mission, and this year will be no different. The need is still elevated, and will continue to be until the slowdown in the oilfield, due to a global pandemic, picks back up.
The community has rallied around us these last several months, and we don’t expect you all to stop! We are so grateful for the support we have received, and we continue to be humbled by the generosity of West Texans. Again, 2020 has been a year of change, and we ask for your patience as some of your giving traditions might have to change as well.
The West Texas Food Bank operates through a network of 90+ partner agencies, many of whom are still collecting donations of shelf stable food. Please see our Partner Agency list below if you would still like to make a donation of shelf stable food. Please reach out to the individual agencies before making a donation. Unfortunately the West Texas Food Bank cannot provide food drive supplies or support for the 2020 Holiday Season.
Again, we know this has been a difficult year for everyone, and we hope you will continue to support us with the same grit and grace as you always have, and we appreciate your understanding that this change will help the Food Bank save time and money, which will help further our mission.