Texoma food pantries receive food worth thousands through FEMA, TCOG

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FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) More than 60,000 pounds worth of food was delivered to two of the busiest food pantries in Fannin County Wednesday.

"We knew there was a need," said Randy McBroom Texoma Council of Governments.

Fannin County Food Pantry and the Manna House, both in Bonham, each got 39,000 pounds of food Wednesday

That's more than 2,000 boxes of food each one containing about 12 meals for a family.

"We serve 1,300 people a month here in Fannin County and this is going to help tremendously with feeding the hungry here." Kimberly Starrett

And that's just the Fannin County food pantry.

The Manna House provides food to about 1,200 people.

Randy McBroom, with TCOG says they bought the food from FEMA at the reduced price of $10,000.

It was food leftover from Hurricane Maria relief meant for Puerto Rico.

"We actually had some funds that could be used for emergency food or for food for high need areas and we were able to get these two truckloads," McBroom said.

"The families are going to appreciate this immensely. It's going to save on our food bill. We normally give them 3 to 5 days worth of food. This is going to provide them with 12 days worth of food," Starrett said.

Kimberly Starett with the Fannin County food pantry says she expects all these items to last the agency about month and a half with each box of food providing a family with a healthy, balanced diet.

"It has starches, proteins, fruit or vegetables, like so fruit cups, stuff like that," Starrett said.

"This is quiet a bit of food that we're hoping can really help some of the people here," McBroom said.

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