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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 website. There’s also a “Food Now” button online where an address or ZIP code can help locate the nearest food distribution.

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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