Killeen Food Drive

Volunteers pack food into boxes at the 2016 Food for Families drive at the Killeen Special Event Center in Killeen.

The 28th annual Food for Families drive will take place on Friday, with a goal of collecting 1 million tons of food across Central Texas.

“The overall goal is 2 million pounds, and our local goal is 175,000 pounds,” said Raymond Cockrell, executive director of the Food Care Center in Killeen.

“That 175,000 pounds sounds like an awful lot of food, until you realize that we distribute about 200,000 pounds each month and 2,500,000 pounds of food annually.”

The Food For Families drive is the largest one-day food drive in Texas.

It is an annual event sponsored by Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council, KWTX Channel 10 and H-E-B, which is intended to help stock the shelves of area food banks.

“We put a lot of manpower into this to make it work, and we’re happy to do it,” said John Coyle, Scout executive for the Longhorn Council.

“The Food Care Center will be the lead pantry and be responsible for running and coordinating the main consolidation drop-off site at the Killeen Special Events Center,” Cockrell said.

Drop-off sites

The Killeen Special Events Center, 3301 S. W.S. Young Drive, is where donations should be dropped off from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, according to Cockrell.

Other drop-off sites for donations will be Walmart and H-E-B stores in Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove and other area cities.

The HOP — the Hill Country Transit District — has been collecting donations for the Food for Families drive since last week.

Donation boxes were placed on each of the HOP’s urban buses Nov. 6 to accept non-perishable food items such as flour, rice, canned vegetables, pasta and baby food.

All food donated during the Food for Families drive serves people in the county in which it is collected.

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