AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - New data reveals that food insecurity exists in every county the High Plains Food Bank serves.
Food insecurity remains an invisible threat for nearly 68,000 residents in the Panhandle.
To put that into perspective, for every seven residents, one struggles with hunger.
"When you support the food bank, you're not just supporting Amarillo or Potter and Randall County, you're supporting you know 30,000 square miles of those that we serve, and that's what it's all about," said Executive Director for the High Plains Bank Zack Wilson. "Helping our neighbor, most of whom you may not know, who may need help or assistance every single day," said Wilson.
Wilson said for every dollar the food bank receives they can acquire roughly $8 worth of food.
Organizations like Cornerstone Outreach Ministries also depend on donations from the food bank to serve the community.
"Everybody's going to need help sometime or another," said Client Services Director for Cornerstone Kaye Cross. "Many of our volunteers that work in the building today, they needed food at one time, they lived out of the pantry at one time at Cornerstone, so it can happen to anybody. I always tell people it can happen to anybody," said Cross.
Overall, food insecurity in the Texas Panhandle ranges from a low of 7.8 percent of the population in Deaf Smith County up to 19.7 percent in Cottle County.