The High Plains Food Bank recently received an 18-ton food donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“We are beyond grateful that they are continuously thinking of us and, more importantly, everyone in the Panhandle who needs these donations,” said Zack Wilson, executive director of HPFB. “It’s definitely helped us to meet an ongoing need and we know that that is how they see it, too. We’re grateful that they can help us put food on people's plates. We appreciate it and everyone that we serve appreciates it as well."
The approximately 37,000-pound donation was a combination of ground beef, pork roasts, butter and cheese delivered to the food bank on Feb. 9.
According to Wilson, the facility is currently serving an average of 10,000 households a month across 29 counties and estimated that this donation will benefit up to 20,000 households.
“You can do so much with ground beef and some of those side dairy items such as butter and cheese are always in high demand here at the food bank," Wilson said. "I would be surprised if at the end of the month we had any left over, it will go out that quick."
Wilson said the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and HPFB have been in partnership for more than five years, and this donation is one of the many that the church has contributed to the food bank and the community.
“The church has always been generous food donors to us and obviously, when 2020 hit, things changed and they expressed the desire to see if they could help more and, naturally, we said yes, absolutely,” Wilson added.
Since then, the food bank has received several large donations several times a year containing both fresh food and non-perishable items to be distributed to those in need throughout the Panhandle.
Lani Hall, Amarillo communications director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said she recognized the food bank's need and reached out to the church's warehouse and packaging facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the approval of her donation request, they were able to get the donation delivered to the food bank that Wednesday.
“We really like partnering with the High Plains Food Bank because they are such a great organization supporting so many families in need throughout the Panhandle," Hall said. "We don’t have the contacts to get the food out, but the food bank does and through our partnership we are able to help those in our area and give them some food security."
For more information about the High Plains Food Bank or to make a donation, visit https://hpfb.org
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donates 18-tons of fresh meat and dairy to the HPFB