POSTED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:40am
PHARR, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — About one in four families in the Valley are experiencing food shortages, so HEB is responding to the growing need for meals in a big way.
Today, the RGV Food Bank welcomed a generous donation to help feed thousands of families this holiday season.
HEB is donating an entire truck filled with boxes of corn flakes and instant mashed potatoes, which the CEO of the food banks says is a rare treat.
"We don't get cereal very often and certainly not mashed potatoes, and so I know our agencies will be thrilled with this new product we're getting in, and certainly all of our clients," said Terri Drefke, CEO of RGV Food Bank. "All the families will be so excited."
The RGV Food Bank serves 38,000 families across Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy counties--that number is nearly double the amount of families who received assistance from the food bank last year/
"We're increasing about 40 percent, which is a lot," Drefke explained. "We used to increase like 10 to 15 percent, but we've been increasing like 40 percent, which is a huge number."
Drefke says the warehouse is less full than it normally is this time of year with the significant increase in families needing food. Food drives and donations are especially appreciated during the holidays to assist as many families in the Valley as possible.
"You can donate online at foodbankrgv.com. We need volunteers, if you don't have much money and you have time we need volunteers to pack food from the food drives."
During the first two weeks of December, HEB is delivering enough cereal to serve 600,000 bowls as well as two million servings of mashed potatoes to 16 food banks across Texas.