LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -
95-percent of food from the South Texas Food Bank is given to local food pantries who distribute it to those families who are in need. Some of those food pantries don't have a place to store frozen products.
Now thanks to a grant given by United Way, the South Texas Food Bank has bought ten freezers to give to some of these food pantries. The South Texas Food Bank said they are getting an increase in donations of meats and other frozen products. They want to make sure all the food can reach the people who need it, and not go to waste.
“One of the things you want to take into account is that your frozen product is your meats, could be pizzas, it's a different type of product, as opposed to nothing but canned goods that are non-perishable. These are a little but more perishable items that require special care. This is where this is going to come a big help for those communities.”
The food bank will take applications from local food pantries in Webb and Zapata county who are in need of a freezer. There are over 40 food pantries in Webb County, and three in Zapata.