The Killeen Food Care Center strives each year to fill the gap and ensure no one in the community goes hungry, a need that grows annually. In its 2013 fiscal year, nearly 80,000 people depended on the center for food.

Ann Farris, co-director of the center, said the center isn’t guaranteed funding through the United Way, but annually writes grants requesting funding.

“We write a grant to the United Way and they have a team come out and inspect us,” she said. “It’s kind of like a review board.”

Farris said in the past, the nonprofit has been successful in securing about $28,000 from the United Way — about 12 percent of its annual $225,000 budget.

“The United Way contributes to more than one-tenth of our cash funding, so it’s huge in terms of that,” she said. “Another reason it is important is when we write grants, some of those come with strings attached and rules to follow. With the United Way, the only rule is we have to spend the money on our core mission, and that’s food.”

Farris said if it weren’t for resources like the United Way and the network the Food Care Center rests inside of, it wouldn’t be able to do its work, which has become integral in a community with a growing need.

“The United Way is really important funding and encouragement for us to do this work,” she said.

There are no requirements to be met to receive food from the center.

Farris said anyone who is hungry can benefit from it.

The Food Care Center, 210 N. 16th St., is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It’s also open from 4 to 7 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month. | 254-501-7555

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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