With the holiday season quickly approaching, the City of Harker Heights is hosting its annual Pack the Pantry canned food drive to help those in need.

In its third year, the drive, which runs until Nov. 30, benefits low income families by donating non-perishable food items and home goods.

“The holidays can be hard financially, regardless of your level of income,” said Heather Cox, Activities Center coordinator. “(This) is a valuable community project that brings awareness to the need and demand for food and home good items for those in our own community. It allows those who can help, to help and those that need help, receive it.”

To better help those in the community, the city is hosting the drive to literally pack the barren pantry at the Harker Heights Food Care Center.

According to Linda Dawson, the food care center’s executive director, one in five people living in Harker Heights lives below the poverty line and one in four children don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Dawson has been running the center since 2000 and feeds more than 300 families, or 1,000 people, every month. Items that are needed include: Rice, pasta, instant potatoes, flour, sugar, coffee, cereal, soups, sauce, canned meats, diapers, feminine hygiene products and baby formula.

“I always search for how I can help the community I am in and that is why we started Pack the Pantry,” Cox said.

The city hosted a Pack the Pantry drive in July where they collected nearly 200 pounds of food. Cox is hoping for twice that much this time around.

Donation boxes can be found at one of the following locations: City Hall, 305 Miller’s Crossing; Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing; and Library/Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail. For more information, call 254-953-5493 or email hcox@ci.harker-heights.tx.us.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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