COPPERAS COVE — It’s been another successful year for the Food for Families program in Copperas Cove.

The 30th annual food drive was held last Friday in front of the H-E-B store in Cove. Dozens of volunteers worked for 14 hours to sort, box, stack and eventually pack boxes onto trailers and into trucks to ship back to the four ministries that will distribute it.

“I’ll tell you something, whatever we get is tremendous,” said Doris McCrary, who is director of Baptist Benevolence Ministry of First Baptist Church and also oversees Food for Families for Copperas Cove. “Our shelves are empty and the people of Copperas Cove are filling those shelves so we can feel people for Thanksgiving, Christmas and six months into the year.

“Every year it’s (gotten) bigger. People have decided to give more and more. The schools are giving more. It’s just great.”

At 11 a.m. Friday, the drive had well over 100,000 pounds of food and McCrary had high hopes of reaching over 150,000 pounds. The final total turned out to be just over 126,000 pounds.

McCrary said the drive couldn’t be done without the help of many volunteers.

“These people have come from every organization,” McCrary said. “They come and they work as long as they can...and that’s all we can ask.”

Each box put together at the event contains non-perishable items meant to feed families in need.

“Its canned foods, cereal, ramen noodles, soup...it’s just the regular staples that you would put on your table to eat,” McCrary said.

The donated food will go to four organizations: Cove House, Baptist Benevolence Ministry, Refuge Corporation and My Brother’s House.

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