Food Bank Serving More Now Than Ever

More Texomans are in need of food assistance than ever before.

Since the start of the recession, each month, the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank has distributed more food to more families.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers found out, more of Texoma's middle class is finding it hard to put food on the table.

As the food distribution started at the sunshine house in Wichita Falls, The lobby was filled with those eager to pick up a bag full of food.

"The economy nowadays, it's hard out there on all of us really and not having jobs that's a big thing," Gillian and Jessica Hedler agreed.

"The past two years I can't find employment," Timothy Moore said.

Moore is a single dad and relies on the food pantry to provide for his five year old daughter.

"It's hard trying to find work and somebody to babysit but this place here helps a lot for food and stuff," Moore said.

The Sunshine House is one of 125 non-profit partners with the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.

Agency coordinator Wendell Griffin said this summer, the food bank's distribution is up 18 percent.

"Our pounds have increased exponentially year after year and we expect to break even with what we had last year," Griffin said.

The need has increased so much, the food bank is having to double it's physical size and continuously hire new employees.

"People used to think it was just poor or homeless but it's not that way anymore. You have middle class that just can't quite make ends meet anymore," Griffin said.

In the month of July alone, the food bank provided assistance for 16,000 people over 12 Texoma counties.

If these services were not available, many say they would struggle.

"It's been a blessing, a big blessing for our family," the Hedler's said.

Families who meet the income requirements can receive food at the Sunshine House 18 times.

The food bank will be making two stops Thursday as part of the Summer Family Nutrition Food Program. They will be at the Graham Community Crisis Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They will also be in Nocona at A Hand Up from noon to 5p.m. A 50lb. box of food will be available to all families who are eligible.

That means you must have at least one child under 18 years old and make less than 18.5 percent of the federal poverty line.

Saturday, the food bank will be at Floral Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls from 9a.m.- 2p.m.