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High Plains Food Bank gets $69,000 donation for new box truck to help seniors

Amarillo Globe-News logo Amarillo Globe-News 8/12/2022 Jordan Gipson, Amarillo Globe-News

The Jane Phillips National Memorial Fund donated more than $69,000 to the High Plains Food Bank (HPFB), in memory of Jane Gibson Phillips, during a check presentation held Thursday afternoon.

This money will go toward a new box truck that will benefit the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) so more seniors in the Texas Panhandle can access the program and their monthly food box.  

“They help many people and organizations in our community. We came here and visited with the people here, and they had a real need and passion to get a new box truck. So, we got to work for them. We knew they were a good organization, and we wanted to be able to help them out,” said Joan Gordon, Panhandle Chapter First Vice President of Borger Texas.  

Every five years, the national memorial fund donations are presented in memory of Jane Gibson Phillips, the wife of Frank Phillips who founded Phillips petroleum company. The High Plains Food Bank was chosen as this year's award recipient due to all the things they do for the area. 

“We have been needing a truck specifically for the Commodity Supplement Food Program. We want to be able to grow into it. This truck will allow us to service the Panhandle for easily the next decade," said Zack Wilson, executive director of the High Plains Food Bank. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation cost increases, many people are needing more help now than ever before when it comes to food insecurity. 

“Now we have a whole new realm of folks who may not have been affected by COVID initially, but the rise of inflation has left a lot of people needing assistance,” Wilson stated. 

The food bank has a fleet of around 17 trucks ranging from semi-trucks to passenger cars. The new addition will be a 24-foot box truck, similar to a moving truck.  

“We are extremely grateful for this opportunity. They thought about us, nominated us, and awarded us. It’s going to benefit so many seniors in our area, which is a huge growing population that this huge pocket of need resides. We need to do our best to help them, and this award is going to help us achieve that,” Wilson said.  

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