March 08, 2010

Matthew 25 Resource 3/8/10-Harvest Texarcana

Harvest Texarkana, a United Way agency, is dedicated to alleviating hunger through the free distribution of donated excess food to programs feeding those in need and to educating the community about the causes of hunger. Harvest Texarkana serves 10 counties surrounding the Texarkana community. We are a United Way agency. Approximately 140 agencies use Harvest Texarkana’s Food Bank and/or Food Rescue Program.  Approximately 800,000 pounds of food were distributed by Harvest in 2007 Harvest Texarkana’s BackPack Program for needy children supplies underprivileged children with backpacks full of food for each weekend and school holiday. We are currently serving children from 3 school districts and six campuses. Nearly 400 children benefited from this unique program during the 2006-2007 school year. Harvest Texarkana’s services allow area soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, after school programs and other food assistance programs to be good stewards of their limited resources. Member agencies pay a small shared maintenance fee for the food they receive from Harvest Texarkana. This helps to defray some of the overhead, transportation expenses and frozen food storage fees associated with distributing over three quarters of a million pounds of food. The shared maintenance fee means that agencies can get 10 times as much food for their money at the food bank rather than paying retail or wholesale prices. Truckloads of food are donated from all over the country. Many times the product is donated as a result from over-runs or excess inventory. Agencies can choose from more than 250 different items and are allowed to order as often as they choose.

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