Food pantries throughout the area are counting on Central Texas residents to pitch in during the annual Food for Families Drive.
Collection sites are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, November 16th.
Food for Families is asking individuals to bring enough non-perishable food to feed a family of four for a week, to the site nearest you.
The food banks always seem to need canned meat, tuna, vegetables, macaroni, spaghetti, pinto beans, corn, green beans, applesauce, tomato sauce, peanut butter, vegetable soup, chicken soup, cereal and Jello.
Food for Families is a loose-knit coalition of food pantries working together to feed the hungry people of Central Texas.
Last year, Central Texans donated more than a million pounds of food, and organizers are hoping to top the total this year.
The Longhorn Council Boy Scouts of America, Texas Army National Guard, H.E.B. Grocery Company and News 10 sponsor Food For Families.
All donated food will be given to people in need who live in the county in which the food was donated.
Collection sites will be located in Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan counties.
Scott & White will be the collection site in Temple. Volunteers from Churches Touching Lives for Christ, The Love of Christ Food Pantry, The Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul will distribute the donated food.
The H.E.B. Food Store in Belton will be the site for Helping Hands to collect non-perishable food.
The Killeen Special Events Center on south W. S. Young will be the collection point for food going to Killeen's Food Care Center.
Bosque County has three collection sites. North Bosque Helping Hands will gather food in Meridian at its pantry on Hill Street. The Clifton Food Bank will be at First National Bank in Clifton. Bosque Valley Food Pantry is the site in Valley Mills.
In Coryell County, the H.E.B. Food Store on U.S. 190 in Copperas Cove will be the collection point for food going to My Brother's House. The Gatesville Main Fire Station, located at highways 84 and 36 is the collection point for donations to the Care Center.
The Samaritan Center in Marlin will serve as distribution center for food donated at the H.E.B. Food Store parking lot in Marlin.
The Lord's Storehouse in Teague and ROL Family Worship in Fairfield handle food collection and distribution in Freestone County.
Hillsboro Interfaith Ministries collects food at 917 Corsicana Highway. Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance operates the site at the Church of Christ at 601 Highway 22 in Whitney and Ministers Alliance of Hubbard collects food at the First Church of God's Unity Hall on Second Street in Hubbard.
In Groesbeck food will be collected and distributed by the Fishes & Loaves Pantry at 310 W. Navasota. Guaranty Federal Bank at Carthage & McKinney is the collection site for Caritas of Mexia.
The KWTX studios, 6700 American Plaza and Fill My Cup Pantry in Riesel are the collection sites for food distributed in McLennan County. Caritas will store the food and distribute the donations to antioch Benevolence, Church of the Open Door Pantry, Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Loaves and Fishes of Waco, St. Francis Social Ministry, Salvation Army, Mission Waco, Waco Baptist Associatin Operation Crisis, Harvest International Ministries, Riesel Fill My Cup Food Pantry, Sheppard's Heart and Caritas in West..
Volunteers from the Boy Scouts, H.E.B. Grocery Company, Texas Army National Guard, News10 and numerous service organizations will staff the collection sites.