Brazos Valley Food Bank Readies for Food Drive Influx

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Yet another Food for Families Food Drive is upon us.

Thursday starting at 5:30 a.m., KBTX will be live from the Brazos Center in Bryan, the Kimbro Center in Madisionville and the MidSouth Synergy office in Navasota as the Brazos Valley Food Bank collects donations of non-perishable food items.

The food bank opened in 1985. Today, more than 40 agencies receive was the bank collects.

"Through those agencies, about 30,000 unduplicated individuals each year receive food assistance," said Theresa Mangapora, who heads up the food bank, "so without our partners, without the food bank, there would be a lot more people in this community that didn't know where their next meal is coming from."

The Food for Families Food Drive is by far the biggest influx of food to the bank.

"That probably lasts the food bank about two months if that's all the food that we had," Mangapora said. "Granted, we always have other donations as well, so that's going to spread out more than just two months."

The 17,500 square foot warehouse is the fourth home for the food bank. The building may be bigger, but the local bank remains small compared to others.

"We are the third smallest food bank in Texas," Mangapora said. "I like to put that in perspective, because it seems very large, but we are one of the small ones, but this is probably twice as much space (compared to the previous warehouse). We probably need more space already. We're talking about expanding the warehouse soon."