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Harker Heights Evening Star
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Supply/Demand out of balance at HH Food Bank

Supply/Demand out of balance at HH Food Bank

Pastor Robert Arseneaux of Decapolis Ministries established a partnership with Capital Area Food Bank in Austin creating the Harker Heights Food Center. Since 2000, the food center has been providing food and grocery items to those in need. After his passing in 2004, Linda Dawson, executive director, her spouse, Mike Dawson, food coordinator, and several volunteers have dedicated their time to help fulfill Pastor Arseneaux’s vision of feeding the hungry.

“We are feeding an average of 350 families a month; that’s well over a 1,000 individuals,” said Linda Dawson.

According to Feeding Texas, within Bell County, 21 percent of the population live in food insecure homes. Food insecurity happens to individuals when they do not have the ability to obtain nutritious foods.   

Over half of the food insecure residents are low income. Others are comprised of middle-income homes that have a drastic change in expenses, causing them to change what or how much they eat.

Food insecurity is often experienced in cycles. Households can be faced with the hard choice of deciding between having enough food or other needs.   

The food center has helped approximately 45 new families this month alone.

“It’s starting to grow again… we’re seeing more and more new families coming in and applying for help,” said Linda Dawson.  

In Bell County, 23,720 children are at risk of hunger, states Feeding Texas. The upcoming summer months can be harder on families relying on reduced or free school lunches.

To help combat the lower amount of food donations and higher demand in the summer, the food center participates in the United States Postal Service’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive in May.

To be able to provide more aid to the growing families needing assistance, the food center needs more capacity to store more food and space for refrigerated items. “We are looking for a place to move to. We (have) totally outgrown our space,” said Linda Dawson.  

Food donations, especially baby food, canned meats, and boxed meals, are greatly appreciated as well as monetary donations. Other donations such as clothing and household items can be accepted at Miss B’s Thrift store in efforts to raise money for the food bank.

“Without the churches, businesses, and individuals, this food bank wouldn’t exist.  Thank you, to all the community,” said Linda Dawson.  

For monetary donations address to PO Box 2238 Harker Heights, TX 76548. For more information visit www.hhfoodcenter.org or call Linda Dawson 254-813-5333.  

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