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Going Hungry In Williamson County

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 03:56 PM CDT

From schools to housing to jobs and safety Williamson County always seems to be on the top of every list. It's one of the fastest growing counties in the nation but there is one thing Forbes and other magazines don't talk about, hunger.

Pastor Joe Bob Ellison of the Hill Country Nazarene Church runs one of the biggest food pantries in the area.

"It's a huge need. We're finding out we're serving 1,200 to 2,000 people every week which represents 325 to 450 families every week and I believe we're just scratching the surface," said Ellison.

Every Tuesday an army of volunteers' hands out food knowing every need will not be meet.

For many this food pantry is a sign of hope.

"I was just passing here and I saw Tuesday and since Sunday I was like ok hurry up Tuesday you know because we don't have anything," said Yvonda Harrison.

Harrison lost her job in May and has been taking care of her young grandson Tyree.

"It's really hard for me to just look at him and say well we don't have it but you know I...try and make do with what we have," said Harrison.

Krista Couch is also grateful for the assistance.

"I've got a 16 year old to feed so this is what he'll be eating all week long," said Couch.

Couch goes to the Leander Church of Christ food pantry on Wednesdays.

"I just graduated from college with a bachelor's degree and got a new job as behavior therapists but I'm not getting the hours yet and I'm spending a lot of money on gas getting to my clients so I just need a little help catching up," said Couch.

The Capitol Area Food Bank told KEYE TV thousands of people in Williamson County bank on food pantries. The food bank and its partners served more than 272,000 people in the last year alone. This helped more than 74,000 households.

Harrison hopes this is only temporary until she can get back on her feet. She worked as a caregiver before losing her job.

"I see the people I helped, I see how they felt" said Harrison.

By Walt Maciborski

Going Hungry In Williamson County


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