How you can help the Brazos Valley Food Bank this holiday season

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The holidays are quickly approaching and if you are hoping to help out the community this year, there are several ways you can do so at the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

One out of every four households with children in the Brazos Valley rely on the food bank for assistance.

As you do your Thanksgiving grocery shopping, there are a few specific items that the food bank is currently running low on.

"We can always use peanut butter, cereal, vegetables, probably not corn or green beans, but any other vegetable, and any kind of canned fruit, preferably in water or light syrup" explained Theresa Mangapora, executive director of the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

The Brazos Valley Food Bank has been under construction since this past July and while there are challenges to working in just a third of their usual space, the renovations will make a big impact on the community.

Once the renovations are complete, they will have five times the amount of cooler and freezer space, which means more fresh foods and hopefully better health for local people.

"There's a high rate of diabetes and hypertension in the Brazos Valley, so anything we can do to give folks food to combat those issues, fresh fruits and vegetables are definitely where it's at" said Mangapora.

Their volunteer work space is also being expanded. Currently, there is space for about twenty volunteers. When the renovations are finished, there will be space for about 100 volunteers to work at one time.

The renovations are expected to be finished by May of 2017.

KBTX's Food for Families food drive is Wednesday, December 7th, 2016. There will be four locations where you can donate money and/or canned food.

-The Brazos Center in Bryan from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-Kimbro Center in Madisonville from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-Mid-South Synergy in Navasota from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-Navasota Valley Electric in Franklin from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.