West Texas Food Bank

About the Food Bank

About the Food Bank

The West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) is a nonprofit, non-governmental hunger relief organization. We are the largest collaborative nonprofit agency in the Permian Basin, and proudly distribute donated and purchased food to children, families, and seniors through a network of 65 Partner Agencies in 19 counties across 34,000 square miles in West Texas.

The West Texas Food Bank is able to provide four meals for every dollar donated, with 95 cents going directly to hunger relief.

We are constantly growing and changing to meet the needs of our communities, which range from a rural base, to major cities like Odessa and Midland. While the WTFB does give food directly to those in need, we primarily function as a distribution center. After receiving donated and surplus food, as well as food purchased at low wholesale prices from manufacturers, the WTFB serves as a clearinghouse to solicit, store, inspect, and repack food for our Partner Agencies.

Our Mission

The West Texas Food Bank exists to collect, purchase, and distribute food to feed the hungry in 19 counties in West Texas in partnership with volunteers and community organizations and to educate these partners and the public at large about the real face of hunger.

Our History

The West Texas Food Bank was founded in Odessa, TX in 1985 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to address the critical issue of hunger in West Texas. In the first year of operation, the WTFB distributed more than 200,000 pounds of food to 40 Partner Agencies. The WTFB’s main administrative office, warehouse, and distribution center is still located in Odessa, TX. In January of 2017, the WTFB opened a state of the art Volunteer and Education center in Midland, TX.

The WTFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief network. We are also a member of Feeding Texas, a network of food banks that provide hunger relief across the state. These affiliations hold us accountable for rigorous standards and audits, helping ensure the highest quality service for our partner agencies, clients, and communities.