Feeding The Hungry This Holiday Season

A new report from the USDA said Texas is one of the hungriest states, second only to Arkansas.

Millions of Texans are unable to provide their families with enough food to live an active healthy life.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers talked with representatives at our food bank to see where we stand here in Texoma and what the holiday season might bring.

"We have more new clients coming in that normally would not have received food and they're struggling just as much as anybody else," Wendell Griffin with the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank said.

He said their distribution is up 16 percent from last year.

"We were running 2.6 million pounds and we've already broke three million this year," Griffin said.

He said the food bank is distributing more now than ever before.

One of the largest agencies is the Floral Heights pantry.

"On a normal day we serve 70 families," Aimee Brown, Director of the Floral Heights Food Pantry said.

Volunteers pack bags to give to those like Jack Tarrell who anxiously await the food they rely on to get by.

"The organization here is tremendously generous," Tarrell said.

Just in the few days leading up to Thanksgiving, Floral Heights provided food to nearly 2,000 people, and they expect even more around Christmas.

"It breaks my heart, we serve single moms that are trying to work but by getting food here they are able to spend their money someplace else," Brown said.

She said while they do the best they can to keep the shelves stocked, as the weather gets colder and the holidays near, the lines get longer.

"If it weren't for the food banks and pantries some of these people may not get to eat," Griffin said.

For the holidays, the food bank has purchased 3,000 hams and 500 turkeys for its agencies.

But, there is always a need.  If you'd like more information on donating, click here.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6