Construction for new Floral Heights Community Food Pantry begins

Construction for new Floral Heights Community Food Pantry begins

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Lives will be changed and more bellies fed once the Floral Heights Community Food Pantry gets a new building.
They won the new structure and were the most deserving by far.
    "Hands down these guys stood in the number one position over all of those who applied for the building this year," Executive Producer of the Texas Country Reporter, said.
Monday morning the 900 block of Tyler was filled with people at work and all for a good cause.
In May the pantry applied for a grant with the Helping Hands project and in June learned they won a new facility.
"It's a way for Mueller and Texas Country Reporter to give back to the communities," Kelli Phillips, Co-host of Texas Country Reporter, said. "That way thousands of people are helped."
It is something touching the lives of many.
    "It's a dream come true," Aimee Brown, Executive Director of the Floral Heights Community Food Pantry, said. "It is a dream of 37 years. We started out small and have gained ground over the years."
    "When I pull up and see all the cars out here of the workers, the volunteers that are working here, it's such a great feeling," Ronna Prickett, Chairman of the Board, said. 
The exterior of the building will be done in three days, leaving the non-profit organization to take care of the inside.
One local volunteer since day one is taken back by the growth.
    "From the start I never dreamed this would ever turn into something like this," Ira Litrell, a volunteer with the Floral Heights Community Food Pantry, said. "We went from one or two a day to sometimes as many as 150 a day."
The pantry gets about 3,000 people a month and 200 new applicants each week.
Brown is optimistic for their future.
    "I love this job," Brown said. "It has a lot of ups and downs. But at the end of the day it's great to know that people in town have food on their table."
Thursday morning there will be a dedication at the building. 
The keys will be turned over to Brown along with live music and a big celebration.
Despite the exterior being completed this week, it won't be open until November or December, depending how long it takes to finish the inside.
In the mean time Brown said any donations would be greatly appreciated.

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