Brazos Valley food pantries needs vary during summer

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 4:06 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Nearly 70 percent of the work the Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB) does is through partnering agencies.

Those agencies include 22 food pantries that are spread out across the Brazos Valley distributing nearly 50 percent of food from the food bank.

“Dry goods, donated goods, purchased goods. Basically, everything that we have in this warehouse goes to our partner agencies,” said Shannon Avila BVFB programs manager.

For partners like the Brazos Church Pantry that helps meet the needs of 1,200 families a month.

“It’s not just adults, it’s kids too. The kids are very affected because they depend on their parents or whoever they live with,” said Andrea Derrig Brazos Church Pantry board member.

Derrig says their services require up to 15,000 pounds of food a week.

“We give that food out six days a week and most everything we get is through the Brazos Valley Food Bank,” said Derrig.

Avila says when summer hits, those needs change depending on the pantry.

“A lot of our rural pantries out in areas where there are less food resources will see an increase in the summer, and even in Brazos County there’s an increase in the summer,” said Avila.

“In the summer we see a very diminished supply of a variety of food that we can obtain from the Brazos Valley Food Bank. It’s not that they don’t want to give us a variety, it’s just that they don’t have it to give so foods that are donated can supply that variety,” said Derrig.

Derrig says any donation made goes a long way.

“Anything that you do is so needed and it’s appreciated by everyone,” said Derrig.

To donate during the KBTX Summer Hunger Food Drive you can click here or drop off donations at Brookshire Brothers in College Station or Douglass Automotive in Bryan through Wednesday.

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