Food For Families Food Drive a Success

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The pounds of food and dollar donations have been counted from the KBTX Food For Families Food Drive.

$51,033 and 220,760 pounds of food were given Thursday to the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

Friday, food bank volunteers and staff started sorting the donations that will feed hungry Brazos Valley families all year.

"The more the community gives, the more the food bank can give and that makes me feel wonderful," Theresa Mangapora with the Brazos Valley Food Bank said.

From canned goods, to diapers, to paper towels, the food bank says they've been given 20,000 more pounds of food than last year.

"It doesn't mean a lot to the average person but that can be the equivalent to a semi-truck load, so it's a lot," Mangapora said.

All day Thursday, residents filed into the Brazos Center parking lot in Bryan, stopped by Madisonville's Kimbrough Center, and Mid South Synergy in Navasota, giving items that will put food on the table.

"We know there's a lot of hungry people we're not touching, but we're going to be able to help more people this year so it's great," Mangapora said.

It was a long day for volunteers and staff and it will take hours to sort the food.
But it's a job volunteers say is worth it, reaping big benefits for folks in the Brazos Valley.

We here at KBTX would like to thank each and every person and group for helping stock the shelves of the Brazos Valley Food Bank for yet another year, as well as all the volunteers who assisted with the food drive all day long.

The Brazos Valley has once again proven to be among the most caring communities you'll find. Thank you!