It's 11:00 a.m. on a warm Thursday morning when the High Plains Food Bank truck pulls into the Hall County town of Turkey, Texas. Immediately volunteers get to work organizing everything from bread to bags of salad. It's obvious they have a system in place that works well because there is no time wasted by this band of dedicated volunteers. Lions Club and church members gladly donate their time so that those who might otherwise go hungry receive a good assortment of nutritious food.
This Direct Mobile Delivery service as well those that take place in Armstrong and Oldham counties and another location in Hall County are possible because of the generous donation from the Beaumont Foundation. Since January 2012, more than 6,100 individuals and 1,692 families have had food delivered directly to their towns. Beaumont Foundation funding helps to offset the cost of the entire process - from food purchase to transportation.
It is hard to imagine what life would be like for those food insecure households without this life-saving service. Many of the recipients have no transportation to drive the long distance to a grocery store - a harsh reality that most of us are spared. Thank you to the Beaumont Foundation for providing such generous support to the Food Bank's mission of alleviating hunger in the Texas Panhandle.