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West Texas Food Bank Breaks Ground on Multimillion Dollar Facility

The West Texas Food Bank broke ground on their new distribution center in Odessa Wednesday.
The West Texas Food Bank broke ground on their new distribution center in Odessa Wednesday.

The new 56,000 square foot facility will be able to double the efforts of the food bank, which already provides 4.8 million pounds of food per year.

“The West Texas Food Bank has started from humble beginnings and as our prosperity has grown in the community, so has the need for feeding the hungry people,” said Herbert Cartwright, from the Abell-Hanger Foundation.

And according to organizers, it’s just the beginning of the extended work they will be doing across 19 counties around West Texas.

“We're able to kind of help take that load off parents, we're able to help our elderly feel a little bit better about being on a fixed income and dealing with increase living,” said Libby Campbell, the Executive Director of West Texas Food Bank.

But it’s the stories of the people in need that motivated the community to donate.

“Children that are dumpster diving for food in dumpsters behind restaurants and schools because they're hungry,” said WTFB Committee Member, Lorraine Perryman.

So far the food bank has raised $12.1 million, but to meet their goal they still need $600,000.

They will continue to ask for donations to meet the remaining needs.

“When you see it, it brings tears to your eyes, and no one without a heart can leave a child or an elderly person unfed,” Perryman said.

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