The situation is very difficult. That’s the phrase echoed by many as they walk inside the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley.
Armando Torres says he’s been coming to the food bank for three years to receive his bundle of food.
Torres, who has been living out of his car for the past six years, turns to the food bank for help.
“Right now, on average, it’s roughly close to 62,000 people a week,” Ruby Martinez with Food Bank RGV said.
A number, which may go up, as they begin their busiest season of the year.
“The electricity bill goes up, the bills go up,” said Martinez. “Food is the last thing on their mind and their budget.”
Food assistance is given to residents throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
Some efforts include a mobile food pantry that goes to rural areas in Cameron, Willacy and Hidalgo County.
That’s why donations are highly encouraged during this crucial time.
“Even with a $10 donation, that’s 50 full meals that we can provide,” Martinez explained.
Whether it be canned goods, food items or even monetary donations, that help in turn goes back to helping others in need.
Lisa Lopez is one person who came to the food bank for the first time, alongside her two daughters, all with the sole purpose to bring food to the table.
“I haven’t gone through all this stuff. But we got a lot of stuff, so this is going to help us out a lot,” Lopez said.
For those looking to volunteer or for assistance, you can reach the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley at (956) 682-8101.