Families volunteer at Brazos Valley Food Bank

Published: Nov. 17, 2018 at 4:47 PM CST
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In the Brazos Valley, one in five households struggle with food security.

The Brazos Valley Food Bank gave families the chance to help children who are affected by those struggles. Families like Sofia Nickerson’s had no problem spending their morning giving back.

“The way I see it, people do it every weekend so why can’t me and my children come and give back and do what we need to do to be an impact in the community, no matter how big or how small it is,” said Sofia Nickerson.

There were two volunteer shifts Saturday and altogether, they made more than 600 backpack bags. The bags are filled with a variety of items from different food groups including juice and milk. Once the bags are assembled, they are given to children at elementary schools in Bryan and College Station.

“A lot of students rely on schools for meals during the weekdays, so on the weekends when they don’t have that food, it can be a struggle for kids to get the nutrients they need,” said Lexi Brandt, Brazos Valley Food Bank assembly coordinator assistant.

The bags are handed out every Friday to selected students. Sofia makes sure her kids know how fortunate they are and how important it is to help others.

“Sometimes kids are less fortunate than you and you know, you’re really blessed to have all that you have. Sometimes moms and dads, family members, they have trouble making ends meet so it’s really important to try and help them,” said Nickerson.