1,000-plus families fed through Kyle’s final food drive of 2020

By Megan Wehring

KYLE – The city of Kyle, partnering with the Central Texas Food Bank, served 1,038 households, or 4,505 individuals, through the final mass food distribution event of 2020 at Lehman High School.

“I think that it’s great that the city of Kyle has taken a proactive approach to helping those in need by partnering with the Central Texas Food Bank to bring our mass food distribution events to the city,” said Paul Gaither, marketing and communications director for Central Texas Food Bank.
The pandemic has caused even more individuals and families to be at risk of hunger, Gaither explained.

“We’ve seen unprecedented demand for our services since the pandemic began,” Gaither told the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch. “Feeding America estimates that 560,000 people in our 21-county service area face hunger, up from 400,000 pre-pandemic.”

Central Texas Food Bank has worked with the city of Kyle for months to provide mass food distributions and will continue giving back once the new year comes, according to Gaither.

“It’s going to take a long time for all the businesses to reopen and the jobs to come back,” Gaither said. “We view this as a marathon, not a sprint, and we’re here to help as long as it takes.”

Members of the community can access food through the food bank’s network of local partner food pantries and Mobile Food Pantry distributions on the CentralTexasFoodBank.org website. There’s also a “Food Now” button online where an address or ZIP code can help locate the nearest food distribution.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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