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Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

Who We Are

OUR HISTORY

The Community Food Bank of Victoria opened its doors on May 16, 1986. A local community activist, Amelia Funari, recognized a need for a local Food Bank after driving to Corpus to obtain food for her youth program. She approached Eddie Garcia with H-E-B Food Stores, who agreed to provide donations, and Second Harvest (now Feeding America), the nation’s largest network of food banks, who provided assistance to guide the small operation into a full-fledged organization.

During the first year, the Community Food Bank distributed a modest 6,800 pounds of food to 25 social service agencies in 7 counties. In 2007, the name of the organization was changed to better reflect its service to over 100 agencies in 11 counties.

Today, the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent has distributed nearly 50 million pounds of food valued at $70 million dollars. The Food Bank receives donations from H-E-B, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Walgreens, and other national retailers, as well as local growers and community members, and distributes the food to the needy through its network of member agencies and direct service programs like the Mobile Pantry Program and the Kids' Backpack Program.

According to a Feeding America study, food banks are by far the single most important source of food for most service agencies, accounting for 74% of the food used by food pantries, 49% for soup kitchens, and 42% for shelters.

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What We Do

WHO WE SERVE

 More than 20,000 individuals receive food assistance through the Food Bank’s 112 member agencies in the 11 counties of the Golden Crescent every month (Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, and Wharton).

8% of these individuals are infants and toddlers under 5 years of age.

36.4% are children under the age of 18.

10% are elderly (65 years of age or older).

5% receive Temporary Assistance for needy families and 7% receive general assistance.

68% survive on incomes below the federal poverty level.

Many of our clients (46.7%) report having to make the difficult choice between food and other basic necessities, such as paying for utilities or heating fuel, rent or mortgage, medicine or medical care.

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Address Information
3809 E. Rio Grande
Victoria, TX 77901
Office Hours: M-TH: 8-5 F: 8-3
Contact: Rachel Jones
Contact Title: Development and Programs
Phone: 361-578-0591
Fax: 361-573-7381
Email: rajones@feedingamerica.org
East Rio Grande is south of Rio Grande/Houston Highway, off of Delmar Drive.
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