In 1985, a group of eight volunteers wanted to feed the hungry in their community with the purpose of showing God’s love. In turn, they created the first food bank in east Texas, King’s Storehouse Food Bank. The food bank would procure and store food to distribute to local food pantries and nonprofits who in turn would distribute food to individuals. A warehouse in Tyler was rented and distributions to local food pantries commenced. In 2014, the food bank purchased a building for additional space to better serve the increasing needs in east Texas.
In 30 years, over 13.5 million pounds of food have been distributed by the King’s Storehouse Food Bank. Through the food distribution, the food bank serves approximately 500,000 individuals each year. Run completely by volunteers, King’s Storehouse is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Any nonprofit organization that feeds the hungry can come to the food bank to receive food in bulk.
“The King’s Storehouse Food Bank supplies about 90 percent of our food supplies,” said a local food pantry director. “They are the friendliest and have the most consistent supply of goods which allows us to reliably provide for the needs of our clients.”
As the client list grows, the food bank is always looking for ways to improve the facilities and provide more efficient service. In partnership with WoodmenLife Texas Chapter 72, King’s Storehouse Food Bank hopes to raise $12,000 through RedBasket.org to purchase food, an electric pallet jack, and compressors for broken walk-in coolers. By making a tax-deductible donation, you can help King’s Storehouse Food Bank make an even greater impact in the east Texas region. Share this story today!
This fundraiser is part of the Fighting Hunger Challenge. During the third quarter of 2017, WoodmenLife and RedBasket.org are partnering to support our National Community Focus of Fighting Hunger. WoodmenLife chapters are encouraging community hunger relief organizations to fundraise through RedBasket.org and raise money to purchase supplies and provide meals for their communities.