City of Killeen partners with food bank to deliver 400 food boxes to seniors

Posted at 9:20 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 22:23:10-04

KILLEEN, TX — The City of Killeen has partnered with the Killeen Food Care Center to deliver over 500 food boxes to seniors on Monday.

The city was able to put together over 500 boxes of non-perishable food items using funds they received through the Federal CARES Act.

Boxes will be delivered to the most vulnerable members of the community.

“This program is to serve about 300 elderly in Killeen who are sheltering in place, afraid to leave their homes. So we are providing them with what we call a food emergency response box,” Leslie Hinkle, executive director of community development, said.

The food in the boxes were purchased for capital area food bank using a $25,000 grant the city awarded to the food care center.

Several members of the community volunteered to help load a deliver the boxes...including a local fraternity chapter.

“We come out systematically to volunteer our time and services to help better the community. We understand that this pandemic has impacted a lot of people in the community. So, we want to get out and show our support for the local area,” Quincy Norman said.

Volunteers delivered over 500 food boxes to more that 300 hundred seniors that either lived in one of the five senior living communities around Killeen or use the cities elderly transportation program.

The city hopes to do this again if the funds are available.