Many panhandle residents are going through tough economic times, and some are in need of a little help to make sure their families are fed.
One in six area residents are at risk of going hungry. And with students soon getting out of school, the demand for food is even greater. This weekend, the High Plains Food Bank is partnering up with area letter carriers to help "Stamp Out Hunger" with the largest one day food drive in the nation.
High Plains Food Bank Director of Communications Broc Carter says, "The demand is way over where it was in 2009 when the recession hit first. So events like this will really help us especially get our inventory up as we go into the summer months which are typically our biggest distribution months and our biggest need months."
You can either use a "Stamp Out Hunger" brown bag you may have gotten in the mail or one of your own. Just place it where you normally leave your mail by 9 a.m. Saturday.
The nonperishable food items and toiletries collected go toward agencies which feed more than 70,000 area residents per month.
Washington St. Family Service Center Director Mindy Briggs says, " We've had more and more phone calls from families who actually are having to ask for help for the very first time. Paychecks don't stretch like they used to anymore, and families with little kids are finding it really hard to keep the kids fed well. We see kids going to school hungry".
Peanut butter, Mac 'N' Cheese, tuna, and other foods high in protein are needed the most.
The bags will be collected in Amarillo, Canyon, Dimmitt, Dumas, Friona, Hereford, Shamrock, and Tulia.