Community members around the Brazos Valley came together to provide a helping hand on Wednesday during the KBTX Food for Families Food Drive, supporting the Brazos Valley Food Bank.
According to Brazos Valley Food Bank board member Carl Prihoda, combined totals from the food drive are calculated at over 175,000 pounds of food and over $230,000 donated, plus online donations that are still being tracked to their respective counties and being finalized. Washington County collected 10,261 pounds of food and $13,740, in addition to online donations.
Prihoda says while this year’s numbers locally are down slightly from last year, the event will still go a long way toward families in need.
According to Prihoda, about 13 percent of Washington County households, or roughly 4,000 homes, are food-insecure.
Washington County was one of six counties participating in the food drive, the others being Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison and Robertson counties. All donations stay in the county they are collected in.
To learn more about the Brazos Valley Food Bank, or to donate, visit www.bvfb.org.