Food for Families drive generates 2.2 million pounds of food

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(KWTX) The annual Food for Families drive generated exactly 2,217,438 pounds of donations this year, organizers announced Thursday.

(Photo by Chelsea Edwards/file)

That’s a record for the nearly 30-year-old drive, topping the 2017 total of 1,971,204 pounds by almost 250,000 pounds.

It’s wonderful. It’s the most tremendous thing that we have ever done,” said Copperas Cove volunteer Doris McCrary.

“It’s something that will feed our people for months and months to come. It will more than feed the people of Copperas Cove that need our food so badly.”

Cove residents donated 108,000 pounds of food, nearly twice as much as in 2017, much of it through bags offered at H-E-B as well as 15,000 pounds collected at area schools.

Copperas Cove was just one of many locations across nine area counties that broke their own records this year.

Gatesville collected more than 420,000 pounds and Waco more than 523,000 both beating last year’s totals.

“We have a lot of people in need and we showed that the people in our community care,” McCrary said.

The annual project, a collaboration between KWTX News 10, the Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America, H-E-B, and food pantries across Central Texas, is a one-day effort to stock pantry shelves with non-perishable food.

In 1990, the first year of the drive, in spite of warnings from some that the idea never would work, Food for Families gathered a total of 84.435 pounds of donations.

It has since grown into the largest one-day food drive in the state.