In this week’s article, I want to discuss the importance of donating food to your local food bank. It is important to note that it is not just during the holiday season that people are in need of food. I ask that we try and give back by helping those who are less fortunate and very much in need. District 32 is served by the Coastal Bend Food Bank (CBFB), which serves eleven coastal counties that include Aransas and Nueces Counties. The CBFB is one of the 21 food banks located throughout the state that make up Feeding Texas. This organization provides food to charities and service organizations in all 254 counties in Texas.
It is estimated by a recent study that around 4 million Texans suffer from food insecurity in our state. Food banks across Texas are an extremely important source of food. It is important to remember that the individuals that need help from the food banks come from a broad cross-section of households. The percentage of the total food that is distributed by food programs is heavily dependent on our local food banks. To put that in perspective, around 69% of all the sources of food comes from Feeding America member food banks.
There are many ways that you can help feed the hungry. You can donate food and/or money to the food banks or even coordinate a food/fund drive. If you would like to donate food, the food banks are always in need of nutritious, non-perishable foods such as: meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), tuna / canned meat, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, low sugar cereals, 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes, canned fruit packed in juice, and canned vegetables (low salt).
While food donations are welcome and appreciated, the most convenient way to give is to make a monetary donation online. The CBFB accepts credit card donations by way of their website at Donate. Monetary donations give each food bank the flexibility to put resources towards specific food areas that may be more depleted than others. For more information visit the Coastal Bend Food Bank.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. My offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns, or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).
– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32
Rep. Hunter represents Aransas County and Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 512-463-0672.