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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Annual Pack the Pantry begins July 1

By Sara Escobar

The Harker Heights community is holding its fourth annual “Pack the Pantry” food drive this July, asking citizens of the area to donate anything from non-perishable canned goods to toilet paper. The event will begin on July 1 and carry on through the month until July 31. The Director of Activities in Harker Heights, Heather Buller, says she wanted to hold a food drive in the summer, when children are out of school and therefore hold a higher chance of going hungry.
“We hold a food drive in the month of November, too,” Buller says, “But it’s important to think about giving not only in the holiday season,”
Texas ranked number two in a recent nationwide study in “food-insecure” households and ranked number seven in child food-insecurity rates. A food-insecure household lacks consistent access to enough food to sustain the home and keep the family active—meaning families often have to cut back on groceries to pay for other necessities. It was Buller’s idea to begin the summer food drive, and she goes on to say that each year has been a success.
“One year we collected over 4,000 pounds of food,” Buller says, “We may get more donations one year than another year, but as long as we receive any donations at all, I would consider it a victory,”
There are three drop-off locations for this year’s Pack the Pantry, including City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, the Recreation Center at 307 Miller’s Crossing, and the Library/Activities Center at 400 Indian Trail Drive. Buller says donations are comprised of mostly canned goods, boxed foods and cereal—but donations of home items such as paper plates, diapers and toilet paper are needed as well.
The donations are then re-located to the Harker Heights Food Care Center, which feeds around 1,000 people each month. The food pantry is located at 100 E Ruby Road, inside the First Baptist Church in Harker Heights. It is open from 8 a.m to 11:30 a.m. every first, third and fourth Saturday of the month. In order to access the food pantry, all that’s needed is a re-usable grocery bag, picture ID and proof of address.
With the sweltering summer heat and the steady increase of food deprivation in many households, Buller urges everyone to donate anything they can to this year’s Pack the Pantry. “Please do not limit yourself with giving,” Buller says, as she is eager to begin this year’s drive.
The food drive will take place from July 1 to July 31 with three drop off locations: City Hall, the Recreation Center and the Library/Activities Center in Harker Heights. For more information about this year’s Pack the Pantry, please call the activities center at 254-953-5493.


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