Food Bank Looks for Support From Agriculture Community

Zack Wilson, High Plains Food Bank
Zack Wilson, High Plains Food Bank

Twice a month, Tulia's Child Care Center receives a food shipments from the High Plains Food Bank.

"We really depend on it because of the economy being so high," said Christy Flores, Tulia Child Care Center assistant director.

Last year, the food bank helped feed nearly 6,000 families across the Texas Panhandle. Today, they assist nearly twice that amount because of the struggling economy.

"People are needing help and the food bank needs help to keep up with that demand," said Zack Wilson, High Plains Food Bank Public Relations.

Wilson says they are looking for help from a spot light in this tough economy.

"We are sitting in the biggest agriculture hubs in the nation," he said. "And it would be very beneficial to not only receive those products but receive them locally."

Local agriculture agencies and farmers are lending a helping hand.

"We are bountiful in our production and so we need to use this bountiful production in order to help food banks," said David Cleavinger, National Wheat Growers President.

Congress set money apart for these programs in the 2008 Farm Bill. But Cleavinger says implementation of the bill is key. He says they will lobby in Washington next month to make sure the bill is carried out as it was intended.

"In the Farm Bill, 67 percent of those programs actually go to help places like the food bank," he said. "And we've worked with the food bank in the past to make sure those programs are funded."

And to make sure places, like Tulia's Child Care Center, keeps their kitchen open.