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News West 9- Stonegate's Stuff the Truck at Midland H-E-B September 29, 2012
Rain or shine, there are still hungry people to feed here in the Basin.
On Saturday, the West Texas Food Bank along with Stonegate fellowship hosted a "Stuff The Truck" Event at the Midland H.E.B.
The Food Bank is in the middle of a food shortage so they're asking the community to donate non-perishable food items to feed thousands of people across West Texas.
If you'd like to donate food or money, you can contact the West Texas Food Bank.
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Midland Reporter-Telegram: WTFB, Stonegate to Stuff the Truck September 28, 2012
With critically low levels of food in the West Texas Food Bank, one local church is partnering with the organization for a food drive.
Stonegate Fellowship will team up with H-E-B Midland to host "Stuff the Truck" in the store's parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The organization is one of the 19 area nonprofits the church has partnered with, said Stonegate missions specialist Mike Elkins.
"If you think about serving food banks, this is the primary source. They're the main distributor for food pantries in the Permian Basin," he said.
"This is a great opportunity for our body to get involved and generate the food needed to fill the need of the pantries."
KMID Big 2- More people in need September 19, 2012
The West Texas Food Bank is seeing a growing list of people in need of assistance. With the boom and the cost of living constantly going up, families have to decide to either pay rent or buy food.
Odessa American- Critical Shortage at WTFB September 18, 2012
In the West Texas Food Bank’s warehouse, providing enough food to nearly 800,000 individuals a year is a constant struggle as distributions outpace incoming donations.
Voids of empty shelves fill the warehouse for what WTFB Deputy Director Libby Campbell calls a “critical level” in food supplies.
Midland Reporter-Telegram: Best o the West Fest fundraiser meant to provide for families, kids September 3, 2012
With just $1, the West Texas Food Bank can supply four meals.
A donation of $4 provides enough to supply a child with a backpack of food to last them through an entire weekend.
Those statistics are what staff, volunteers and board members at the West Texas Food Bank are hoping residents remember as they consider attending and giving during the nonprofit's first Best O' the West Fest fundraiser taking place Thursday at the Commemorative Air Force museum.
Odessa American- H-E-B Donates $7,000 August 28, 2012
HEB presented a $7,000 check donation on Thursday to the West Texas Food Bank. From left, Earl Graham, food resource coordinator for the West Texas Food Bank; Nancy Salcido, accounts payable at the West Texas Food Bank; and David Dowd, HEB unit director.
The money is the yearly total from HEB’s check stand tear pad program, representing Odessa, Big Spring and Midland stores.
Odessa American- WTFB receives mobile food pantry August 24, 2012
As food banks across the nation continue to struggle with funds and donations, the West Texas Food Bank is helping its rural partner agencies with a new set of wheels.
Kids spending after-school hours at Midland's two Boys and Girls Club units will get more than just homework help, a snack and the chance to play games. They'll also get dinner.Through the national Kids Cafe feeding program, club members will be served a hot meal, that will include a meat, vegetable and milk after school each day, Executive Director David Chancellor said.
The Kids Cafe program, administered nationally by Feeding America, will be offered to about 250 kids at Midland's Taylor Park and Halff Park units this year through a partnership with the West Texas Food Bank, Chancellor said.
"We're open until 8 p.m. and often have kids who stay until 7:30 or 8 p.m.," said Michael Jasso, director of Midland's Taylor Park unit. "Some of them haven't eaten since school lunch at 11 a.m., and our one snack will not hold them until 8 p.m."
Various non-profit agencies around the Basin are seeing a growing number of women and children struggling to make ends meet.
Imagine being a single mom, a hard working full time employee and being forced to move into a shelter. That is now the reality for many West Texans.
An Apple A Day- Beyond Pantry Doors July 1, 2012
If you feel the need to be reminded of how kind and generous the hearts of people can be, a visit to the West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) will leave you fulfilled and inspired by the power of community. WTFB is an organization fueled by the passion of the administrators, volunteers, and individual donors.
At every meal he eats with his three daughters, Joey Ruiz makes sure that they’re not only eating healthy but that they’re cleaning their plates.
As the finance director of the West Texas Food Bank, Ruiz knows first hand what it’s like to see children struggling with hunger.
“I try to instill in my kids that they need to thank God and give thanks for what they have,” Ruiz said. “They have food on the table. I thank God I have the opportunity to provide for them like that.”
One moment that affected him soon after he began working at WTFB was taking a call from a father who was asking for food to feed his family on Thanksgiving Day.
“For a man to actually call, they have to swallow a lot of pride to do that,” Ruiz said. “We scrounged up some food, and we made it a special Thanksgiving for them.”
News West 9- New Deputy Director Named at WTFB May 28, 2012
The West Texas Food Bank has created a new position.
On Monday, Libby Campbell will serve as the new Deputy Director.
Ms. Campbell will assume the position on June first.
She'll be responsible for food bank events, fundraising, board development and community awareness.
Campbell is a native Odessan and a Permian High graduate.
Culture Map Austin- Shelter for the Soul May 25, 2012
Every day, Jack Sanders owner and founder of the full-service East Austin design company Design Build Adventure, is outside working on some sort of design or construction project under the shady brim of a flat-brimmed LBJ-style hat. Sanders graduated from and taught at Auburn University's famed Rural Studio and later received his graduate architecture degree from UT. But don't let him hear you call him an architect. That would connote a separate identity to his design mission, he says.
For instance, last summer’s camp in Marfa was characterized by time at Food Shark, campfire chats at El Cosmico and one of the most common pastimes way out there in the West Texas desert — just sitting and watching the horizon. Participants included a diverse smattering of curious adventurers, from a photographer to a retired teacher from San Antonio to a design graduate student, Houston-based artist, local musician Dan Dyer (“He was great,” Sanders says. “His chair was beautiful.”) and even an 18-year-old Marfa resident.
...At the end of the four-day design safari, including scouring through a legitimate Cowboy Junkyard, they celebrated with a party at El Cosmico, which included a charity auction to sell their finished products, with all proceeds benefiting the West Texas Food Bank.
Augie Fernandes listens. At age 64, closing in on 65, he listens for his calling to carry out “God’s work,” which for him is feeding the hungry — folks from childhood well into their senior years.
By 2010, he had been retired for two years after heading up the Gleaners Community Food Bank, Michigan’s largest food bank that takes in economic-beleaguered Detroit.
An innovative problem-solver, Fernandes was called out of retirement, sort of drafted for a high-minded cause, by Feeding America, the former America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s foremost hunger-relief charity.
His assignment was to travel the 1,500-plus miles from his Michigan home to Midland-Odessa to revitalize the West Texas Food Bank (WTFB). It was foreign territory to him, although he had traveled through West Texas in touring the continent coast-to-coast on his motorcycle.
Not all “Hunger Games” involve a bloody fight to the death.
Freshman students at New Tech Odessa have taken a spin on the widely successful “Hunger Games” book, written by Suzanne Collins, through a school-wide competition aimed at teaching students about global hunger problems.
The food bank finished fourth among 200 cities that participated in the campaign.
Students at New Tech Odessa are holding a food drive based on the popular book, Hunger Games.
Augie Fernandes is the Executive Director of the West Texas Food Bank
Odessa American: Good News- ECISD Food Drive Winner May 14, 2012
The Ector County School Independent School District School Nutrition Department recently recognized Angel Gasca for collecting 478 non-perishable food items for his school donation to the West Texas Food Bank.
The West Texas Food Bank is calling their Stamp Out Hunger drive over the weekend a great success.
The national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is being hailed as a big success in the Permian Basin.
An initiative to support the city of El Paso through social media is under way.
KOSA CBS 7: Postal Workers Want to Stamp Out Hunger May 11, 2012
The West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) is pleased to partner once again with the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) to take part in the nation's largest food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, which takes place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 across all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions.
KOSA CBS 7: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 5, 2012
The food bank is helping to keep children from going hungry this summer. The food bank announced its teaming up with the us postal service for it’s annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.
Odessa American: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 4, 2012
Next Saturday when you’re picking up your mail, make sure to drop off a couple of cans of food while you’re at it.
West Texas Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers kicked off the Stamp Out Hunger food drive Friday morning at the West Texas Food Bank distribution center in Odessa.
Those attending Thursday’s carnival for Fiesta West Texas at the Ector County Coliseum can purchase a $10 bracelet for carnival rides by bringing in a can food item upon entrance.
Each individual can of food will go towards one bracelet and Fiesta West Texas President Richard Esparza said all food collected would go to the West Texas Food Bank.
Odessa American: ECISD Brings in 18,000 Pounds of Food April 18, 2012
Travis Elementary won first place with 2,691 pounds of food out of the total 18,551 pounds collected, which will be donated to the West Texas Food Bank.
KOSA CBS 7: WTFB in Running to Win $1 Million April 16, 2012
The West Texas Food Bank has a chance to win a large donation through a contest being offered by a giant retailer.
Wal-Mart's "Fighting Hunger Together" competition is underway on Facebook.
The booming oil industry is creating a highly competitive field for truck drivers with their CDL license.
That competition has changed the strategy for the West Texas Food Bank when they began replacing trucks in their fleet.
Odessa American: Food Pantry a Possibility in Presidio April 4, 2012
A group of Presidio residents will hear the final verdict on a potential local food pantry from the Presidio County Commissioner’s Court April 10.
News West 9: ECISD Students Kick Off Canned Food Drive April 2, 2012
ECISD students want to help fill up food pantries but they need your help.
The "Cans for Kids" food drive began on Monday.
Unemployed and not sure where she was going to live, Sandy, who declined to give her last name, relocated from Van Horn to Monahans where she eventually got in touch with the Greater Works Food Pantry.
Without their help finding housing and food, Sandy said her situation could have been much worse.
“I’d be in a bad way,” Sandy said....
About once a month Sandy said she receives food from Greater Works.
Sandy isn’t alone.
The West Texas Food Bank, which services over 170 partner agencies in 22 West Texas counties, fed about 791,990 individuals and 183,609 families in 2011.
Odessa American- Food bank receives donation from Albertsons March 20, 2012
The West Texas Food Bank received a sizeable donation Tuesday morning as Albertsons representatives gave more than $54,000 in food and monetary donations.
The West Texas Food Bank had a big morning as thousand of pounds of food were donated.
Albertson's "Souper Bowl of Caring" campaign collected hundreds of paper bags filled with soups, rice, beans and canned foods for low-income families across West Texas.
KOSA CBS 7- Food Bank Bracing for High Gas Prices March 1, 2012
High oil prices may benefit many West Texans, but some are bracing for a tough season ahead.
The West Texas Food Bank says they are predicting a tough season because of the high gas prices. The Food Bank relies on their trucks for deliveries and says the rising price at the pump will put them in a bind.
KOSA CBS 7- Curves Kicks Off 14th Annual Food Drive February 28, 2012
Curves of Odessa is set to kick off its 14th Annual Food Drive on March 1st.
The exercise and diet center, owned by Curves International, is challenged with exceeding last year’s food drive by encouraging members to donate more this year.
Odessa American- Odessa Christian School Food Drive To Feed Thousands February 14, 2012
The modest front entry of Odessa Christian School was completely filled with piles of non-perishable food items on Wednesday morning, waiting for the West Texas Food Bank to pick it up.
In celebration of the Christian private school’s 100th day of school, on Feb. 7 the grades competed against one another in a canned food drive. The school, which has 126 students, was able to collect over 6,700 items of food from students in just one week.
Alpine Avalanche- Big Bend Sector of Border Patrol Coordinating Softball Tourney for WTFB February 9, 2012
The Big Bend Sector of the Border Patrol is rounding up teams to hold a softball tournament to benefit the West Texas Food Bank. The tournament and a chili cookoff will take place March 24. The event is open to public, and concessions will include hot dogs, hamburgers and, of course, chili. Team entry fee is $120, and each team may consist of 10 to 15 players. For more information, call Dan Bardell with the Border Patrol at 432-729-5650.
U.S. Army- 261st Signal Co. Helps West Texas Food Bank February 7, 2012
A platoon from 261st Signal Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade willingly volunteers their time to help those less fortunate than themselves. The Soldiers who volunteer from 261st spend every Tuesday volunteering at the West Texas Food Bank.
Midland Reporter-Telegram: Midland Mom Discovers Reasons Midland is a Great Place to Raise Kids January 30, 2012
If you've been in Midland for more than a couple of months, or if you've spent any significant amount of time with people who call this town home, you've probably heard someone say it's a great place to raise kids.
News West 9- WTFB Receives $50,000 Grant from Beaumont Foundation January 27, 2012
The West Texas Food Bank got some much needed funding on Friday.
The Beaumont Foundation gave them a $50,000 grant.
CBS 7 KOSA- Facing Hunger Challenge, Presidio Steps Forward January 26, 2012
Each month hundreds of people line up before sunrise in Presidio all in the hope of getting one box of food, but months after we first reported the story these families have been told it’s a service that is being cut back.
There's no doubt this will have an impact on this small community, but community leaders in Presidio say they're ready to face the challenge head on.
Odessa American- Arrest Made in Possible Food Bank Scam January 26, 2012
A 29-year-old Pecos man was arrested at noon Thursday in connection with a possible scam using the West Texas Food Bank’s name.
This border city is well known for being charitable, especially when the holidays roll around, but El Paso has been hit hard by the weakened national economy, which means that community volunteering and donations are on a decline even though there is a greater need than ever.
Nonprofit organizations such as the West Texas Food Bank, the Rescue Mission of El Paso and the Salvation Army need plenty of donations and volunteers year round, not only during the holiday season.
Odessa American- Good News: Ector Junior High Food Drive December 26, 2011
As part of the Youth for Human Rights International campaign, students at Ector Junior High conducted a food drive for the West Texas Food Bank. The students and staff filled more than five 55 gallon barrels with non-perishable items.
KTSM - Donate to charities and reduce your income-tax bill December 26, 2011
Just one week left in 2011 and if you haven't completely blown your budget on gifts, you can save some money on taxes.
Giving to a charity is a great way to continue the giving spirit during the holidays and a great write off on your income tax bill.
Odessa American- Good News: Order of the Eastern Star Food Drive December 24, 2011
Members of Friendship Chapter No. 1008, Order of the Eastern Star along with members of the H. A. McFarland Lodge completed a food drive for the West Texas Food Bank.
KWES Midland/Odessa- Winter Weather Hurts Food Bank, Clients December 22, 2011
Empty food bank shelves are one of the bad signs of the season. Pallets of food on them will be gone in a week-and-a-half.
But the need for food doesn't freeze along with the weather outside.
In fact, it starts heating up.
KTSM El Paso- Kimaiyo Earns C-USA Spirit of Service Honors December 20, 2011
While at UTEP, Kimaiyo has been a member of SAAC and Miner GEMS for three consecutive years. She has participated in community projects such as Project MOVE (UTEP's campus community initiative), Let's SAAC Hunger, La Posada Home and the West Texas Food Bank.
The junior from Iten, Kenya, helped SAAC raise over 6,000 lbs for the West Texas Food Bank this year.
WestTexasWeekly.com- Happening in Marfa: Augie Fernandes at the Marfa Book Company December 20, 2011
Dec. 20 - The Marfa Book Company will host Augie Fernandes, Director of the West Texas Food Bank, at 6 p.m. Ultimately, the goal of the presentation is to familiarize the public with the food bank and work toward ending hunger in our area.
Marfa Public Radio- Talk at 10 Guests: Augie Fernandes and Paige Phelps December 19, 2011
Augie Fernandes, Executive Director of the West Texas Food Bank, speaks on Presidio County food distribution cut-backs. He is joined by Paige Phelps, Marketing Director.
News West 9- WTFB Takes Hunger Fighting on the Road December 19, 2011
Due to a lack of food donations the food bank has been forced to change their donation plan [in Presidio]. Instead of monthly food deliveries, they'll be making just four deliveries a year.
KOSA CBS 7 Midland/Odessa- Toy Giveaway & Food Drive in Odessa December 17, 2011
Hundreds of children were lined up outside the Club La Playa waiting to receive their presents for the "Santa's Helpers toy give-away"....
Many families at the event helped give back to the community by donating canned food for the West Texas Food Bank for the holidays.
News West 9 Midland/Odessa- Food Bank trucks needing costly repairs, hindering deliveries December 15, 2011
The West Texas Food Bank has had a hard time filling their shelves for the holiday season, but now they're faced with a new problem. They're having a difficult time getting the food to those who need it most.
News West 9- WTFB Receives $10,000 Donation From H-E-B December 15, 2011
On Friday, the West Texas Food Bank received a huge donation from HEB.
The grocery store donated $10,000 worth of cereal.
Midland Reporter-Telegram- West Texas Food Bank benefits from generosity of businesses December 14, 2011
As the need for assistance continues to increase despite the area's strong economy, staff at the West Texas Food Bank say they're grateful businesses are working to fill the gaps.
Odessa American- H-E-B donates 1 ton of food to WTFB December 14, 2011
Corn flakes donated by H-E-B... Each case contains 12 boxes of cereal, which will provide about 6,000 meals.
Odessa American- Peanut Butter Prices Pressure WTFB December 4, 2011
A chain of events behind peanut butter has also affected the West Texas Food Bank’s purchasing methods.
Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture made cutbacks in the summer, discontinuing providing certain items including peanut butter at 10 cents per pound, the purchasing program of the Odessa branch for the West Texas Food Bank has experienced a drop in overall volume.
KTSM- El Paso West Texas Food Bank donations increasing December 2, 2011
Your support has come through!
About a week ago we told you how donations were down at the West Texas Food Bank. After that coverage, many of you stepped forward with donations and some of you are even organizing food drives in your neighborhood, church or workplace.
A local dentist is donating all proceeds from dental cleaning to the West Texas Food Bank.
Dr. Mehrnoosh Darj will be offering $37 teeth cleanings and $37 exams. The regular price for the services is $285.
El Paso Times - Dentist Gives Back: Proceeds Go to WTFB December 2, 2011
El Paso dentist Mehrnoosh Darj has a proposition for people needing to get their teeth cleaned: Let her do it, and she will donate money from the cleaning to the West Texas Food Bank.
Alpine Avalanche - December a "Make or Break" Month for WTFB December 1, 2011
"December is our make-or-break month," says Paige Phelps, West Texas Food Bank's director of Marketing and Community Relations. "This is going to determine how we do for the rest of the year and the upcoming year, and how many people we can feed, basically."
The holiday season is when most people think about giving, and Phelps is hoping that West Texans are looking to give to their local food bank.
"We're all thinking about gifts for other people, and this is the kind of gift that's going to make you feel really, really good," she said.
CBS 7 Midland/Odessa- Special Report: The Face of Hunger in West Texas November 25, 2011
There are thousands of West Texans who struggle everyday to put food on the table, but what’s more concerning is the face behind those numbers.
The Breaking Bread soup kitchen in Midland is hustling and bustling on any given night during the week, serving up to 125 people an evening.
The West Texas Food Bank supplies soup kitchens like Breaking Bread. Fernandes explains the majority of their clients are just working class families struggling to get by.
Midland Reporter-Telegram- Holiday in the Square giving back to WTFB November 24, 2011
In addition to preparations for Black Friday, Hyacinth officially will celebrate its opening on Dec. 2, as part of the first annual Holiday in the Square at Oakridge Square. Charles Faudree, one of America's top 100 designers, will be in the shop to meet guests and autograph copies of his recently released book "Details." Merchants in the square are hosting special open houses and many are contributing a portion of their sales to charity. Hyacinth will be donating to the West Texas Food Bank. There also will be a visit from Santa Claus and music provided by Lonestar Brass.
Odessa American- Jewish Group Donates to Food Bank November 24, 2011
For one Permian Basin charity, giving is year-round and numerous organizations in West Texas have benefited from their generosity.
But today the West Texas Food Bank is giving thanks for a $15,000 donation from the Permian Basin Lodge of B’Nai B'rith, a Jewish philanthropic organization located in Midland.
“The West Texas Food Bank needs so much so fast, we are pleased to help,” said Dr. Frank Kasman, the treasurer of the lodge.
The gift translates into 60,000 meals, officials at the WTFB said.
CBS 7 Midland/Odessa- Jewish Group Donates $15,000 to WTFB November 22, 2011
The permian basin lodge of B'nai B'rith is giving $15,000 to the West Texas Food Bank and $10,000 dollars to the Fireman's Fund of the Permian Basin.
Odessa American- Santa's Food Drive November 22, 2011
You can help stock the shelves at the West Texas Food Bank by participating in Santa’s Gift of Food Drive Dec. 16 and 17 at Starbright Village at McKinney Park.
El Paso Times- West Texas Food Bank shortage: 140,000 people in El Paso may go hungry November 22, 2011
A shortage of donations to the West Texas Food Bank may leave more than 140,000 people hungry.
Ruben Sanchez, the director for the El Paso branch, said the West Texas Food Bank usually feeds about 220,000 people in the area with anywhere from 200,000 to 500,000 pounds of food.
However, this year the charity has only received 30,000 pounds of food.
"We're not going to be able to help all those people," Sanchez said. "Of those 220,000 people, 135,000 of them are children."
KOSA CBS 7 Midland/Odessa- Hunters donating meat to Food Bank through meat processor November 22, 2011
The West Texas Food Bank is always in need of food donations, and hunters have become a very big part of that.
Meat processor Clark's and Winford Meat Company in Midland say they have at least one donation for the food bank everyday.
Odessa American- Jackalopes give back November 21, 2011
In a holiday centered largely around feasts of golden brown turkeys, hearty stuffing and pumpkin pies, going without a traditional Thanksgiving meal would damper the holiday spirit for anyone.
But players of the Odessa Jackalopes hockey team are hoping to help some families in need with their Thanksgiving meals on Thursday.
News West 9 Midland/Odessa- Jackalopes donate 700 pounds of food to WTFB November 21, 2011
On Monday, the West Texas Food Bank got some big help for their food supply from the Odessa Jackalopes.
On Monday, the Jacks brought in 700 pounds of food to the Bank.
KTSM El Paso- Food Bank struggles with low donations, high demand November 21, 2011
Hundreds of families in the Borderland won't be able to afford a Thanksgiving meal.
The West Texas Food Bank, which supplies more than 220,000 people in El Paso County with food, said donations went down while demand went up. The food bank's director, Ruben Sanchez, said he hasn't seen it this bad it years.
The West Texas Food Bank and its partner agencies - including the Food Pantry of Alpine, the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County and Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend - are offering clients $10 vouchers to spend on a turkey of their choice at any local store.
News West 9- Midland MOMS help stock WTFB November 17, 2011
A group of Midland moms are trying to put food on the table for those who have fallen on hard times.
For the first time the West Texas Food Bank will not be handing out turkeys for Thanksgiving this year, instead they are handing out paper vouchers for clients to purchase a turkey for free from area grocery stores.
Alpine Avalanche- Food bank, partners offer $10 turkey vouchers November 17, 2011
The West Texas Food Bank and its partner agencies - including the Food Pantry of Alpine, the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County and Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend - are offering clients $10 vouchers to spend on a turkey of their choice at any local store.
The Moms Club of Midland is hoping to ensure fewer children are going hungry in the coming months.
After hearing children make up about 45 percent of the West Texas Food Bank's clients, the women felt compelled to do something for the kids in their community. They wouldn't want their own children going hungry and don't want any others to suffer.
Odessa American- Volunteers needed for the holidays November 13, 2011
Quintessentially known as the “season of giving,” the Thanksgiving and Christmas season warrants the need for more volunteers at nonprofit organizations.
Odessa American- Food Bank slowly improving November 4, 2011
After a grueling summer of little food and bare shelves, West Texas Food Bank officials said the food bank and its partner agencies are slowly improving their situation as the holiday season approaches.
News Channel 9 El Paso- Roller Derby Holds Bout for Food Bank November 1, 2011
The El Paso Roller Derby League has scheduled a bout this Saturday to benefit the West Texas Food Bank.
CBS 7- PHS Senate Food Drive November 1, 2011
Local high school student leaders are stepping up to the plate to help The West Texas Food Bank.
Odessa American- WTFB exceeds goal October 27, 2011
The West Texas Food Bank surpassed its fundraising goal for the year, earning more than $100,000 from its Culinary Canvas fundraiser.
El Paso Times Editorial Board- New group of disadvantaged October 16, 2011
We laud the efforts of the bank, in operation here the past 16 years. It's our main hub for feeding those who don't have food for their tables - and for "kids (who now) go to school to eat."
This is an issue West Texas has seen for many months now, but this time the rising prices are going further, taking a toll on the Basin's hungry kids.
For the "Food 2 Kids" program in Odessa, feeding schoolchildren over the weekends who otherwise wouldn't eat, the rising food prices don't look good for them either.
"We're either going to have to feed less children or provide less food in the sacks, maybe going to something different as far as food items go, maybe something that's less expensive as far as on the meat products," "Food 2 Kids" Chair, Mandi Higgins, said.
For the entire school year, underprivileged students at a West El Paso elementary school are getting a helping hand from members of the Junior League.
CBS 7- Sesame Street to introduce impoverised muppet October 7, 2011
Sesame Street is unveiling a new Muppet, who is dealing with a real life hardship.
The new character Lily... faces the ongoing struggle of living in poverty and dealing with hunger.
It's a sad truth many of you may not know about. Hundreds of kids going hungry every weekend in Ector County but one local organization is trying to change that.
The weekend is supposed to be a time for kids to relax and have fun but that's not always the case in Ector County.
Odessa American- Organization looks to improve the community October 3, 2011
The Students in Philanthropy program, started in 1997 at Midland College, has only been around nine years in the Ector County Independent School District, but the organization is making a name for itself with the amount of work they do with local nonprofit organizations.
More than two in three children in El Paso County's four largest school districts go to school hungry each day.
...If that isn't shocking enough, U.S. Census data tell us there are more than 229,000 total individuals suffering from food insecurity in El Paso County. That means nearly a third of our county's population has no food, or very limited food, on any given day.
CBS 7 Midland/Odessa- Food Banks face possible crisis September 30, 2011
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that one in seven Americans live in poverty. Fourteen percent of our country depends on federal assistance through agencies such as the West Texas Food Bank. Now, those agencies are facing budget cut recommendations from a congressional super committee. The committee was created to present ways to eliminate $1.5 billion from the federal budget.
West Texas Food Bank officials say any cuts would be disastrous to the children, seniors and families they serve in the Permian Basin.
Odessa American- Odessans fill Empty Bowls September 30, 2011
Odessans opened up their hearts and wallets Friday during the 13th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at St. John’s Episcopal Church to help raise money for the West Texas Food Bank.
KVIA El Paso- CanStructure built for a good cause September 30, 2011
One "can" make a difference. That was the motto of Friday's event at Insights Science Museum in Central El Paso. After almost two decades and competitions in 140 cities around the world, CanStruction came to the Sun City
Alpine Avalanche- Alpine Border Patrol Agents collect almost 7,000 pounds of food September 29, 2011
Through a combined effort by all Alpine Station Units, agents donated almost 7,000 pounds to the Food Pantry of Alpine by collecting 356 pounds in June, 1,098 pounds in July and 5,504 pounds in August.
Alpine Avalanche- Food drive part of Lobos home opener September 29, 2011
Any student (K-12) will receive free admission to the football game this Saturday between Sul Ross and Texas Lutheran University by contributing a canned food item.
Alpine Avalanche- Food Pantry to distribute food at new location Saturday September 29, 2011
The Food Pantry of Alpine will distribute free supplemental food from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at its new location inside the West Texas Food Bank in Alpine, 2101 FM 1703, near the intersection of FM 1703 and West U.S. Hwy. 90.
Local 4 News El Paso- Local leadership helps children in need September 28, 2011
It may look like there's plenty of food to go around, but the West Texas Food Bank is running low on supplies.
That's why the El Paso Leadership group is dedicated to this special project.
Odessa American- Event looks to feed the hungry through art September 28, 2011
On Friday from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 401 N. West County Road, will be holding their 13th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser in which $10 will get you a ceramic bowl, soup donated by Catfish and Company, a drink and dessert donated by Jalisco’s Restaurant. All proceeds raised Friday will go towards the West Texas Food Bank.
El Paso Inc- Helping Hungry Soldiers September 27, 2011
As the number of soldiers on post surges, the emergency food closet there is being overwhelmed by the still small but growing population of soldiers who cannot afford a sufficient supply of food.
At the same time, Army data show the use of food stamps on Fort Bliss, while still quite low, has almost tripled over the past three years, as the post has grown.
Sabrina and other members of the VFW heard the West Texas Food Bank simply cannot keep up with its demand for food so they're dedicating the month of September to helping it get back on track.
El Paso Times- Community kicks in: Publicity helps West Texas Food Bank obtain food donations September 9, 2011
"People only think about us on the holidays, on Thanksgiving, Christmas and sometimes Easter when it pulls a heartstring," Sanchez said. "But hunger exists 365 days out of the year."
Big Bend Sentinel- Area food pantries grapple with limited resources, increasing demand September 1, 2011
“We are emergency food. We are there for people down on their luck. I’ve been told again and again why people come in – job loss, a terrible illness, divorce or death. Any of those things could happen to anyone on this planet,” WTFB spokesperson Paige Phelps said.
El Paso Inc.- New campaign to fight hunger in El Paso August 29, 2011
A new non-profit corporation known as El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, or EPFH, is launching a major campaign in the community on behalf of the hungry.
KFOX El Paso- Study: 1 in 3 El Paso children hungry August 27, 2011
About 86,000 children in El Paso don't get regular, healthy meals, according to a national Feeding Families study.
That's about one in three children under 18 years old, compared to the national average of one in four.
El Diario El Paso- Padecen hambre 4 de cada 10 ninos August 27, 2011
Cuatro de cada 10 niños en el Condado de El Paso pasan hambre en sus hogares, revela un nuevo estudio del Banco de Alimentos del Oeste de Texas y Alimentando a America.
NewsWest 9 Midland/Odessa- Aiding the Basin's hungry kids August 27, 2011
There are more than 11,000 children at risk of going hungry in Odessa. In Midland, there are more than 8,000. Child hunger in the Permian Basin is very real.
The West Texas Food Bank is asking El Pasoans for donations to feed the 86,000 kids at risk for hunger in El Paso.
Odessa America- Area suffers from child hunger August 26, 2011
Nearly a third of children in Ector County suffer from food insecurity, according to statistics released Thursday. And some in the community are looking to do something about it.
Forty four percent of all children in Presidio County don’t have access to healthy meals on a regular basis, according to a new study released today, Map the Meal Gap 2011.
That’s 950 kids right here at home who can’t count on daily balanced meals and consequently, can’t count on proper development, mental and physical health, or peace of mind.
Midland Reporter Telegram- Food Bank: 1 in 4 Midland Co. kids hungry; some West Texas areas much higher August 25, 2011
More than one in three children suffer from food insecurity in the 22-county area served by the West Texas Food Bank, according to a report released Thursday.
KOSA CBS 7- Influx of Job-Seekers Add to Food Bank Crisis, Big Spring Pantry Shuts Doors August 23, 2011
Our low unemployment rate and booming development are overshadowing the hunger problem that is also booming in West Texas.
Odessa American- Anonymous donor 'meats' food bank needs August 23, 2011
The hungry people of West Texas will be able to get their fill of chicken, at least for a few weeks.
KOSA CBS 7- Local West Texan Makes Big Donation to Food Bank, Offers up Challenge to Community August 19, 2011
Chuck Sturgeon, of NC Sturgeon Construction, has donated the money to purchase half a truck of chicken for the food bank; Sturgeon is now challenging the community to help fill the other half.
KOSA CBS 7- Going Hungry in West Texas: The Food Crisis August 19, 2011
Food scarcity for the West Texas Food Bank is now a food crisis.
KTSM El Paso- Local News Outlets To Compete in Softball Tourney to Benefit Food Bank August 17, 2011
Local news stations across El Paso are coming together for one cause- The West Texas Food Bank.
El Paso Times- "Segundo Barrio Food Bank Closes Doors" While West Texas Food Bank Remains Open August 12, 2011
Sanchez said the West Texas Food Bank remains open and, as a member of Feeding America -- the nation's largest organization in battling hunger -- continues to help people in need.
The West Texas Food Bank will head to Presidio on Aug. 17 for its monthly food outreach, but unless donations quickly increase, people will be leaving without the food needed to nourish their families.
CBS 7- Midland/Odessa "No Meat for Food Bank Clients" August 11, 2011
The West Texas Food Bank may have trouble meeting the food needs for residents in West Texas this month.
Ruben Sanchez of the agency's El Paso branch said Monday that food pantries are looking for more help even as donations from drought-stricken farmers fall off.