West Texas Food Bank Facing Critical Shortage

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's no secret, thousands of people every day depend on the West Texas Food Bank to help provide them with meals.

But the food bank is desperately needing some help of their own.

The organization is facing a critical food shortage and we're told the recent hurricane is partly to blame.

Bare shelves and empty crates. It's not what you'd expect to see at a food bank, but in the Permian Basin, it's a harsh reality.

The West Texas Food Bank is the middle of a critical food shortage. Take a look inside and you can tell.

"Right now what we're seeing is roughly a six week inventory," Exec. Director, Augie Fernandes, said. "We're not getting the food we need."

Things like sodas, enchilada sauce and marshmallows are some of the only items left on the shelves.

"That's not really the way we want to combat hunger," Fernandes said.

Although we didn't see a drop of rain from Hurricane Isaac, Fernandes said it still hit the food bank hard.

"A lot of food that was donated, food that would've been given to food banks throughout the nation was diverted down to those areas to help those families," he said.

Donations also dropped off during the summer break and food from the Stamp Out Hunger Campaign has already been depleted.

Plus normal truckloads of food deliveries were canceled, making it even tighter.

"We're short about 40 truckloads of food right now," Fernandes said.

That's about 1.6 million pounds of food needed and it's not cheap. The food bank is spending $30,000 a month to make up for it.

Fernandes is hoping for some relief from the community.

"You worry everyday and what you worry about is that you're gonna disappoint families that really need your help," he said.

For information on how you can help, visit their website at www.wtxfoodbank.org.