POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 5:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 8:38am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Money makes the world go 'round, and that is no exception for non-profit organizations like the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. Their pleas to nearby cities for financial assistance in order to stay sustainable is needed now more than ever.
"Right now in the Valley, we have about 37.7% poverty rate, so it's a large demand on food banks all across the country, especially here. And, uh, in the last calendar year we have seen an increase of about 40% more people asking for food assistance."
The food bank is hoping to get more produce and helathy food so that the people who come to the company will have a balanced diet. But despite how much food comes in, it doesn't tend to last very long.
"While there does seem to be a lot of food here, it all goes very quickly."
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley has managed to keep their food supply afloat regardless of how fast it dwindles. they maanage to receive food from a variety of different sources.
"We get that from the government - that's the USDA. We get it from food drives, which is really great - the community effort. And we also get it, we also purchase it, and we also have some of it donated."
There appears to be a constant influx of food at this food bank, but with the amount of people in poverty they serve, it won't last forever. Therefore, they are continuing to ask Rio Grande Valley cities for help.
Reporting in Pharr, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.