The summer is really taking a toll on the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. The food bank is struggling to keep food on the shelves.
Henry Sapp is doing a food pickup from the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, but this time around he says something's different. The shelves are nearly empty.
"A lot of people donate during the holiday season, but not many think to donate during the summer. We're actually getting pretty low," Operations Manager Windell Griffin said.
Griffin said when the kids are home from school during the summer months, costs are up with utilities bills and gas, so more families are struggling to put food on the table.
Executive Director Mark McKethan said one in four children in Wichita County suffer from food insecurities.
"They don't know where their next meal is coming from," McKethan added. "They have to make decisions like, do I pay the electric bill or do I buy groceries, and those are very tough decisions to make."
The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank is having to purchase more food just to make up for the shortage. Staff said that cuts into their entire operating costs.
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank said they need any food staples like canned vegetables, fruits and meats. Staff said every donation helps.
Wichita falls Area Food Bank is planning to have an emergency food drive in August. You don't have to wait until then to help. Residents wanting to donate can do so by dropping food off any time at the food bank on Midwestern Parkway.
For more information you can dial 940-761-3802.