West Texas Food Bank

Odessa American- OC to host 12th annual Inter-Tribal Powwow (and will benefit WTFB)

Odessa American- OC to host 12th annual Inter-Tribal Powwow (and will benefit WTFB) September 20, 2011

OC to host 12th annual Inter-Tribal Powwow

Executive Director Luis Tijerina said doors open at 10 a.m. on both days and people can expect to see different styles of dances and performances from people of Comanche, Lipan and Chiricahua Apache, Cherokee, Choctaw, Seneca, Lakota and other Native American lineages. Vendors will also be present, selling everything from food, blankets and jewelry.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the powwow will host a ceremony to honor gold star mothers - mothers who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the military. Tijerina said the Patriot Guard Riders will escort the mothers during the ceremony.

Entrance into the event is $2 plus a two can donation of food for adults and one can for children. Tijerina said all food donations will go to the West Texas Food Bank in preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

“This is the hardest time of the year for them,” Tijerina said.

West Texas Food Bank Director of Marketing and Community Relations Paige Phelps said while the holidays are indeed an important time, it’s also when they try to raise the most money and supplies for the entire year. Needing about 20,000 pounds of food per month, Phelps said people tend to recognize the need for donations around the holidays and don’t think to help during other times of the year.

“The summer is the hungriest time of the year,” Phelps said. “We use this time to get food for the entire year.”

With the elderly and children making up more than 50 percent of those serviced by the food bank, Phelps said any and all donations are welcomed and needed to help continue to put food on their tables.

“People assume there’s no hunger problem in the Midland-Odessa area because of the oil boom,” Phelps said. “(Elderly and children) can’t benefit from the boom because they can’t work.”

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