The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank is adapting to changes brought on by the national health crisis, Coronavirus.
Wichita Falls Times Record News
The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank is working hard to meet the needs of its clients in the 12-county area it serves.
Providing nutritious meals to those in need is a large part of its mission. But that is becoming more difficult with recent developments related to the spread of the Coronavirus.
“Our biggest concern right now is people going out and panic buying, and when they do that, it is clogging up the food chain.” said Kara Nickens, executive director of the WFAFB. “We are assured that the food is there, but we just need to buy at our normal rate so that we don’t tax it and not be able to get it here in a timely manner.”
A few of the agencies the food bank partners with have had to close, mainly due to the fact that volunteers that run them are in the at-risk population.
Every week more than 3,000 people in the area depend on food from the WFAFB and one in every six people is food insecure.
As the food bank provides approximately 3.8 million meals a year in its service area, donations are crucial to its operation.
“The Food Bank needs your money right now more than it ever has, probably. We have an okay inventory right now, but we’re already seeing an increase in need at our agencies and what would normally take us one to two weeks to buy, is taking four to 12 weeks.” said Nickens.
With schools across the state closed, the breakfasts and lunches children from low-income families receive every day at school through the school lunch program have been impacted.
The WFAFB is adapting to the changes.
“We have partnered with WFISD to make sure that we get our Backpack Bags to kids that are going to be at their nine feeding sites for breakfast and lunch. We’ll distribute those on Fridays and then we’re working with some of the outlying counties to make sure that we have bags available at those areas as well.” Nickens said.
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