Courtesy of KWTX 10

The program is a partnership sponsored by the Longhorn Council of Boy Scouts of America, the H-E-B Grocery Company and area television station KWTX News 10. Every year, Gatesville and Coryell County are among the strongest contributors to helping those in need.

“Who can wrap their mind around more than half a million pounds given by folks in Gatesville and the surrounding areas for Food for Families?” said Deral McWhorter, executive director of the Gatesville Care Center. Evidently you can, and you get my competitive juices flowing, and you make me hopeful. Hopeful that we can surpass last year’s whopping, gigantic, amazing, mind-boggling record.

“Now 507,774 pounds from last year is a tall order to match, but you are all about tall orders. I have been seeing your heart for a number of years by what you give, and have observed also your heart set on smashing each year’s previous record. ... Doing the best we can to smash a record and at the same time giving to assist those in need is a win-win situation.”

Food for Families began 1990 and has grown from an event that generated 84,435 pounds of food for area food pantries that first year to more than 2.6 million a year ago.

Gatesville residents can drop off items from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Gatesville Fire Station, 109 S. 23rd St.

“Things will be hopping and popping and spirits soaring high,” McWhorter said of the enthusiasm surrounding the drive.

Non-perishable items and monetary donations are welcome, and organizers say canned meats, vegetables, sugar, corn meal, pasta sauce, cereals, flour, baby food, peanut butter and beans are especially appreciated.

Where Can I Drop-Off During the Event?

  • KWTX Main Studios - 6700 American Plaza, Waco, TX 76712
  • BELTON - Helping Hands Ministry - 2210 Holland Road, Belton, TX
  • CAMERON - Blessings from God - Brookshires Parking Lot, 1603 W. 4th, Cameron, TX
  • CLIFTON - Clifton Food Pantry - State Hwy. 6th and 9th, Clifton, TX
  • COPPERAS COVE - Baptist Benevolence Ministry - 804 E. Business 190, Copperas Cove
  • FAIRFIELD - River of Life Family Worship Center - 1201 E. Commerce, Fairfield, TX
  • GATESVILLE - Gatesville Care Center - Fire Dept at 109 S. 23rd St, Gatesville, TX
  • GROESBECK - Fishes & Loaves - Church on the Rock 1470 N Hwy 14, Groesbeck, TX
  • HILLSBORO - Hillsboro Interfaith Ministry - Scout Hut, 915 Corsicana Hwy., Hillsboro, TX
  • KILLEEN - Food Care Center - 210 N. 16th St., Killeen, TX (ACCEPTING MONETARY DONATIONS ONLY)
  • MARLIN - Falls County Samaritan House - 154 Live Oak St., Marlin, TX
  • MCGREGOR - McGregor Food Pantry / Rhett Revolution - 416 W. 2nd St., McGregor, TX
  • MERIDIAN - North Bosque Helping Hands - 415 S. Hill St., Meridian, TX
  • MEXIA - Caritas of Mexia - 111 N. Paris, Mexia, TX
  • NOLANVILLE - 300 W. Ave. I, Nolanville, TX
  • SALADO - First Baptist Church (7a-8p) - Brookshire Brothers, 215 Mill Creek Dr. Salado, TX
  • TEMPLE - Operation Feeding Temple (6a-7p) - Baylor Scott & White Medical Ctr., 2401 S. 31st St, Temple, TX
  • WACO - Caritas of Waco
    • KWTX Main Studios, 6700 American Plaza, Waco, TX
    • Brookshires Parking Lot, 100 Pelow Dr. Robinson, TX
  • WHITNEY - Our Daily Bread - 100 Sims Drive, Whitney, TX

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