A Call To Action From Local Food Bank

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September is National Hunger Awareness Month and the Food Bank of the RGV is asking for your help.

Omar I. Rodriguez – Manager of Communications & Advocacy said, “Food insecurity is affecting a lot of people in the valley. A lot of people don’t like to talk about hunger, but it does exist. A call to action actually for our community to realize there’s hunger here in the valley and there are ways to combat it.”

Throughout September the Food Bank of the RGV will be hosting events in an effort to get the community involved to bring awareness and action to the problem.

The food bank has grown significantly. It is now the 4th largest food bank in the state and 41st in the nation serving nearly 65,000 area residents weekly and annually distributing nearly 60 million pounds of food.  

“There’s still a lot of people that are unemployed or under employed a lot of veterans that need help and a lot of disabled people and seniors that need food assistance.” Said Rodriguez.

The food bank says one of the ways you can help is by attending their largest fundraising event of the year; Empty Bowls which takes place on September 18th at the Pharr Event Center.

Rodriguez adds, “It’s a great event. I call it the best buffet for the valley for that one day. We have about 40 restaurants, a lot of auction items, and a raffle. It’s just a great opportunity to come out and network with your friends and other businesses. It’s really a great time.”

Tickets are now on sale for the event. Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance and $30 at the door. They can also be purchased at www.foodbankrgv.com.

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