One out of every four children are hungry, everyday. And it's a problem that's happening right here in our own backyard.Not only are senior citizens and the unemployed are in need of food, but one local food pantry is in need of food too.
Behind Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church in Harker Heights is the Food Care Center, a food pantry that is helping families, like Virna Mcvey. She and her family are trying to get by, one meal at a time. "All I can mostly say is that it just helps us a lot. You know, when we don't have nothing, we come up here we might be able to get something," she said.
But now, the shelves are bare.
"This is the worst I have ever seen it," said the Harker Heights Food Care Center Executive Director, Linda Dawson. "We have gotten low before but never to this point."
The food pantry needs 4,000 pounds of food every weekend to feed about 300 families a month, but the donations just aren't coming in.
"We use to try and give them enough food to supplement them for one week worth of groceries and now we're lucky if we can give them three meals," said Dawson.
While Virna can't donate food or money, she's decided to give her time to the food pantry. "She's always given to us, our family and stuff so I just come over one day and said I wanna volunteer so I started to volunteer and I got my daughters to volunteer also," she said.
But by the looks of it, even for Virna, it's not enough. The pantry needs food to keep families full. "Like I said it's a big help, a real big help," she said.
The food pantry does have refrigerators full of pastries, and even bread but the most important food to feed families, well, that's meat. And that refrigerator is empty.
The Harker Heights Food Care Center accepts food and monetary donations.