Wichita Falls Area Food Bank facing busiest time of year

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - It is a busy time of the year for many of us and no different for the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.
They've had a lot of food to feed those who are hungry.
Since October 1st they have brought in 42,000 pounds of food through drives alone.
That makes 37,000 meals.
Despite their success, the food goes out as fast as it comes in and you can help them change the lives of others.
    "With every volunteer, with every can of food, with every dollar we get, those things help provide food to the people that are in need," Betsi Lujan, Interim C.E.O. of the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank said. "We cover a 12 county area. So the area we cover is actually a little larger than the state of Massachusetts."
The food bank serves 74,000 people
That is why Lujan and the rest of the food bank work so hard, with the help of volunteers, to make sure people are fed.
    "We have had probably close to 20 or more food drives," Lujan said. "Some of them are really big and some of them are really small. But every little bit helps."
In 2016 3.7 million pounds of food were collected, 1.1 million of it produce.
The food goes faster than many might expect.
    "As quickly as we get food in, it literally goes out," Lujan said. "So we are always looking for staples, proteins and vegetables."
Lujan said it is more than just a job.
    "Maybe they have tears in their eyes because they haven't had food in their house for a week," Lujan said. "Or they are upset because they haven't been able to feed their children like they want to. Or they forgo a meal in order to feed their children. When you realize this is happening in our city, it's a very startling fact. It's definitely an important thing to recognize and to help give back to your community."
Lujan said she thought they would come in a little bit low in distribution, but they are even with where they were last year.
Last month they distributed 300,000 pounds of food.
Lujan encourages people to stop by and take a tour of the warehouse to learn more about what they do.
She adds they could not do what they do without the support of the local community.

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