The number growing of families in need, is increasing across Texoma. The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank is struggling to keep up with the demand for the holidays.
The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank is trying to prepare for the holidays as best they can, and are having to purchase more food because donations are down.
Food bank staff said nearly 200 food pantries have already placed their food lists for the holidays, and the demand is already at 900 turkeys. The food bank can only afford to purchase 300.
Filling that gap is not easy in a tight economy and with a growing need.
Mark McKethan, Executive Director of the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, said, "We are absolutely seeing an increase in families needing help." McKethan added, "We think a part of it is because they are more aware of the pantry programs. They are going ahead and paying their bills and relying on food pantries for support to feed their families."
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank lost donations from state and local agencies. They said local grocery stores are not giving as much and state agencies like, the Department Of Agriculture are cutting back because of funding.