The mission of High Plains Food Bank is to alleviate hunger
in the Texas Panhandle. Founded in 1982, High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) is a
nonprofit organization serving as the clearing house for collection, storage,
and distribution of donated and purchased grocery products, providing aide to
the top 29 counties in the Texas Panhandle. HPFB partners with 165 different
agencies, including churches, senior centers, child care facilities, halfway
houses, soup kitchens, Kids Cafes, emergency pantries, shelters, and other
nonprofits. Counties in our 30,000 square mile service area include Armstrong,
Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Dallam, Deaf Smith,
Donley, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson,
Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman,
Swisher, and Wheeler.
Many families in the Texas Panhandle are food insecure, or
truly make choices between paying utilities or buying food each month. HPFB can
provide 4 meals worth of food for every dollar donated, in part due to our
membership with Feeding America and their nationwide partnerships. Other
sources of donated food include the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program,
local food drives, grocery stores, processing plants, and individual donors.
Additionally, HPFB purchases food to supplement the warehouse supply in order to
provide a variety of foods high in nutritional value. HPFB accepts donations
and make recurring giving easy through our secure web page: hpfb.org/donate.
The need is real, and your help is vital.
Kids Cafe is a program of Feeding America offered by High
Plains Food Bank to at-risk children in our service area in need of daily,
healthy meals. Kids Cafe confronts childhood hunger and obesity by providing
meals that follow USDA recommended nutritional guidelines. For many children in
the Texas Panhandle, the meal provided through Kids Cafe is a daily nutritious
dinner they may otherwise go without.
Kids Cafe meals are prepared and delivered using today’s
highest quality standards. Meals are provided to all children without charge,
and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin,
sex, age, or disability. Dates and times
of our Kids Cafe sites can be found on our website at hpfb.org/kids-cafe.
The Garden is an urban farm that serves as a community
classroom used to teach such topics as gardening basics and nutrition
education. Utilizing strategic ecosystems, the Garden maximizes the use of each
resource, providing a practical and sustainable model for individual gardeners
The Garden focuses on community outreach, equipping
students, apartment residents, and homeowners alike with the training needed to
grow fresh, healthy food on a budget. Find education and volunteer
opportunities by visiting: hpfb.org/the-garden.
Contact High Plains
Food Bank: www.hpfb.org, 806.374.8562
815 Ross Street, Amarillo, TX 79102
Twitter: @hpfoodbank or Instagram: hpfoodbank
2014 is our most recent hunger study data available. More information below:
The 2014 Hunger Study is complete, here are the results: Download Report
We exist to alleviate hunger in The Panhandle. We do this in many different ways.
First, we provide food, a basic need. We delivered 6.2 million pounds of food in 2011 to the 29 counties we serve. This is a tangible way you can see what we are doing at the Food Bank. It has been a long-standing tradition since our inception to deliver shelf-stable and fresh foods to the people that need them. We distribute the food through our over 165 agencies that work hand in hand with us to pinpoint need in their communities. We deliver this basic need to people who need help getting back on their feet.
Second, we help people through the sometimes confusing process of applying for food stamps. This is a service we provide in order to keep as many as possible from facing food insecurity. The problem of not knowing what resources are available is not a reason anyone should go hungry. But we don't stop there, we help parents with applications for many programs available for their children including CHiPS. This is a tool that we are proud to offer, because the end benefit is having the resources to ensure your family is taken care of.
Thirdly, we educate the public on making healthy inexpensive food choices for their families. We teach children and adults about nutrition and why it's important to eat wisely. If we just delivered food to families, we would only meet the current need, but because we teach them how to choose healthy completely affordable options, we are able to give them the resources to sustain themselves. That is our initiative; teaching others to fish, while providing them with the fish they need right now.
Some day very soon, we hope there will not be a person who struggles with food insecurity. Until that day, we will help alleviate hunger in The Panhandle.
Hunger in the High Plains:
Map the Meal Gap: a study that shows how many food insecure individuals live in the 29 counties serviced by the High Plains Food Bank. More information here.
Childhood Food Insecurity: The further breakdown of the Map the Meal Gap that shows the rates of food insecurity for children (birth- 18 years). The study concludes that 1 in 4 children are food insecure. More information here.
WHAT IS THE HIGH PLAINS FOOD BANK?
- A non-profit organization that collects and distributes donated, surplus food to agencies in the Texas Panhandle
- Covering over 30,000 square miles of the Texas Panhandle
- In 2010, we distributed 7.2 million pounds of food, the biggest year ever.
- The Food Bank distributes over 650,000 pounds of food each month on average!
- The mission of the High Plains Food Bank is to Alleviate Hunger in the Panhandle
IS THERE A NEED FOR SUCH AN ORGANIZATION IN THE PANHANDLE?
Over 69,500 people in our area live near or below the poverty level, as much as 70% of their income goes towards housing expenses and prescriptions for the elderly, leaving them short of food and hungry
HOW DOES THE FOOD BANK HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HUNGER?
- Serves as a central clearinghouse for efficient handling of available surplus food
- Collects, sorts and distributes available food to agencies that then provide food to individuals, children, elderly, and handicapped in need
WHERE DOES THE SURPLUS FOOD COME FROM?
- Local and national manufacturers, wholesalers, grocery stores and restaurants
WHY IS THIS FOOD DONATED?
- Local ranchers and feedlot operators
It is food that can't be sold. A can may be dented, one egg of a dozen is broken, expiration date is close or the food has been prepared and unserved, yet it is still wholesome food when properly handled