New donation site added to Food for Families Food Drive
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – This year Washington County officially joins the Food for Families Food Drive. With this addition, the food drive will officially reach all counties served by the Brazos Valley Food Bank.
Regina Holtkamp of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie Hill said, “Washington County is leaping to its feet and hoping for the best. Holtkamp, along with Joe Williams of Bread Partners and Lawrence Greer of Faith Mission, know better than anyone how great the needs are in Washington County.
All three organizers said they have seen the need grow exponentially in recent years. Holtkamp said his church has grown from 80 people per month in 2017 to 300 people per month this year. Williams explained that more than 15% of the county’s population is at risk of food insecurity. According to Feeding America, this exact percentage is 16.9%. With increasing needs, Williams said, the community has continued to grow. Greer echoed this and explained why his organization, along with others, decided to help. “Hunger is always a problem. This need will always be there. People need to eat … They say you need to eat three meals a day. Some people are lucky enough to eat one. This need will always be there.
The three organizers told KBTX that is what they were called to do. Greer said: “When you know someone needs something, I think we all have a duty as human beings to help another human being, in any way we can.”
Holtkamp said she has seen the impact that something like the Food for Families food drive can have on a family or an individual. “Most of all who pass, their gratitude is just amazing. Some cry when they see us putting food in a box. Many of them cry because they are so grateful. So grateful, in fact, that Williams said he brought people back and donated to Bread Partners, telling him “you were all there for us when we needed you.”
Organizers said they want to continue to be there for everyone in their community, especially through the upcoming Food for Families food drive. They have no doubts that the people of Washington County and the Brazos Valley will come forward for each other.
All food and monetary donations will be collected Wednesday, December 1 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Washington County Exposition in Brenham.
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