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Jul 2, 2013 6:32 PM by Heather Jackson

Food Bank in Need of Volunteers

CORPUS CHRISTI - The food bank is having a hard time helping all the needy families in the coastal bend this summer.

Since school let out last month, the number of families asking for food has more than doubled. In the month of May around 540 families requested help from the food bank.

In June close to 1,000 families asked for assistance. Now Corpus Christi food bank workers are busy moving food as quickly as they can.

"The families have the extra burden that they have to prepare meals for the children and have snacks at home," Bea Hanson, Food Bank Executive Director explains.

The majority of those foods requested are these goods: perishables. Unfortunately, there are not enough volunteers to sort the food and ship it to area charity organizations that give out the food.

"All those perishables have to be moved very fast because a lot of the food is dated," Hanson explains.

The food bank is asking volunteers to come between 1:30-4:30. If that time doesn't work for you, they said that they can work around your schedule.

"So just call the food bank and tell us that you have a time. We are open on Saturdays," Hanson shares.

And officials say volunteering is more fun with you bring friends.

"Because when they come as a group they have fun, they can help us out, and we get a lot done," Hanson says.

"Parents at home with all your children that are sitting around bored and needing something to do please come help the food bank so we can help the other kids in need," Kimberly Shiver, Food Bank.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the food bank to set up a time. The phone number is 361-887-6291.

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