Brazos Valley Food Bank Reaches Outlying Counties in Unique Way

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MADISONVILLE - If you live in Bryan or College Station and need help getting the next meal on the table, you're lucky the Brazos Valley Food Bank is here to help. And even if you live in the outlying counties, the distance isn't keeping you from getting the food you need.

"One of the first things to be cut from the budget when there's not enough money is food. So we're out here to help people have enough food so they don't have to worry about it," said Brazos Valley Food Bank Programs Manager Shannon Avila.

And how the food bank is doing that in Madisonville is special.

"Over the years we've refined it and found a way that works but really the idea behind the mobile is that this is an area where there aren't a lot of pantries to help out."

Once a month, Avila and her team load up and travel to Madison County to distribute food.

"The only place that we could find that was big enough to handle this many cars and not cause a huge traffic jam in Madisonville was out here at the fairgrounds."

They distribute the food until it's all gone...

"The reality of it is there isn't a pantry that is able to give enough food for a family to eat for a whole month."

But people like Beverly Hardeman depend on it.

"I appreciate all the people that come up here and work and don't get paid for it and they're doing a good service to the community," Hardeman said.

And for over four years, Pauline Burns has been volunteering to help those who live in her Madisonville community.

"It gives me a good feeling knowing that maybe I made a difference to the community," Burns said.

Her philosophy is simple.

"It's really, really easy. When you have a heart to give, the more you give, the happier you'll be to give," Burns said.

It doesn't matter where you live in the Brazos Valley, if you're in need of food, The Brazos Valley Food Bank is there to fill the gap to make sure no member of the community goes hungry.

The mobile food pantry has been around since July 2008 and can only provide enough food to support a family for about three days.