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Brazos Valley Food Bank One Step Closer to New Warehouse

Walmart employees, and officials from both cities and the Brazos Valley Food Bank unveil a check for $150,000. The BVFB reached 40% of their $4.1 million capital campaign goal to expand their warehouse.

Walmart employees, and officials from both cities and the Brazos Valley Food Bank unveil a check for $150,000.

The Brazos Valley Food Bank received another major contribution towards its four million dollar expansion campaign. Thursday’s 150 thousand dollar donation from Walmart puts the food bank at 40 percent of their goal. Food bank Executive Director Theresa Mangapora said the milestone will allow them to approach two foundations which, combined, could help them reach 80 percent of their goal. The campaign will expand BVFB warehouse space and allow them to provide healthier options to residents with fresh meat and produce. Mangapora said a study by Feeding America released last week reported one in five Brazos County households faces food insecurity. If the household includes children, that number rises to one in four. Walmart market manager Greg Smith said he hopes to improve those numbers with the help of the latest store. Mangapora said the food bank is on pace to distribute 5.5 million pounds of food this year, up more than 25 percent over last year.

Brazos Valley Food Bank Executive Director Theresa Mangapora updates the media on their capital campaign.

Brazos Valley Food Bank Executive Director Theresa Mangapora updates the media on their capital campaign.

Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski said he was excited to see the growth in the area and thanked Walmart for giving back to the community.

Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski said he was excited to see the growth in the area and thanked Walmart for giving back to the community.

College Station Mayor Pro Tem Karl Mooney said citizens should step up and contribute time, food and money to help our neighbors.

College Station Mayor Pro Tem Karl Mooney said citizens should step up and contribute time, food and money to help our neighbors.

Walmart Market Manager Greg Smith said he constantly looks forward to the store's next opportunity to volunteer with BVFB.

Walmart Market Manager Greg Smith said he constantly looks forward to the store’s next opportunity to volunteer with BVFB.

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Posted by on May 2 2014. Filed under Featured Stories, News.

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