ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The West Texas Food Bank received a truckload of sweet potatoes from their generous partner H-E-B, free of charge, and just in time for the holidays.
The donation of 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes will be made available to the over 80 partner agencies who are a distribution point for the food the West Texas Food Bank distributes.
“We are so excited to have another fresh food item to make available this holiday season,” said West Texas Food Bank Executive Director Libby Campbell. “One of our biggest goals this year was to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables we are distributing from the Food Bank. We set a goal this year of distributing over 1,300,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, and we exceeded that goal! We could not distribute as much fresh food without partnerships like the one with H-E-B.”
Between the salvage and reclamation program, which nets the food bank tons of food monthly, and the daily pick-ups from each local H-E-B store, the West Texas Food Bank received in excess of 1,000,000 pounds of food from the grocer in fiscal year 2017-18.
Also arriving at just the right time is a grant from H-E-B for $1,000, which will go towards our transportation costs. It takes a lot of gas to drive throughout our 19 counties, and gifts that help pay for fuel are always appreciated.