On Thursday, the United Family donated 26,496 rolls of toilet paper to the West Texas Food Bank in Odessa.
The donation is part of a larger donation of more than 200,000 rolls of toilet paper to food banks across Texas and New Mexico.
Last year, communities saw toilet paper flying off the shelves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were reminded of how important this necessity is to all.
The donation represents $ 90,000 in value.
“During COVID, we provided as much toilet paper as possible,” said Regional Family Union Vice President John Jameson. “There was no shortage, but it was a panic. This is something that everyone needs and we had plenty more. We were able to donate to West Texas Food Bank. “We know this will go to the people who really need it.”
It is not the first time the United Family has made a major donation to West Texas Food Bank.
“United is such a great partner of West Texas Food Bank,” said Craig Stoker, director of marketing and communications at West Texas Food Bank. “They have helped us supply our shelves and keep our cellars full for years. In terms of food donations, they are one of the major donors to West Texas Food Bank. You see donations like this, there are items that people may need but do not have the budget to buy, so we are happy to have donations like this because it helps people extend their budgets so they can put more food on the table. We want to make sure they will feed their families. “
Jameson said he was surprised at how much toilet paper they had to donate.
“We want to get back to the communities we serve,” Jameson said. “We are here because of the communities and whenever we can return, we love it because we want to serve our community and that is a great way to do it.”
West Texas Food Bank was just one of 13 other food banks to receive a toilet paper donation from The United Family.
Other food banks that received donations included: South Plains Food Bank in Lubbock, High Plains Food Bank in Amarillo, Give Hope in Abilene, West Central Texas Food Bank in Abilene, Minnies Food Pantry in Plano, Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, North Texas Food Bank in Plano, Concho Valley Regional Food Bank in San Angelo, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, East New Mexico Food Bank in Clovis, NM, Roadrunner Food Bank and New Mexico Storehouse , both located in Albuquerque, NM
Although he was no longer absent, Jameson said toilet paper is among the most difficult to buy for some people.
“These items are harder to find,” Jameson said. “Paper towels, toilet paper, they are harder to get … You can not buy toilet paper with food stamps so this will help those who can not buy toilet paper. We thought at least 26,000 individuals would care about this donation. “
Stoker says the donation will also help people decide more from their food budget and not have to spend too much on paper goods.
“There are those kinds of forward-thinking things that we are able to get through our warehouse that are not food, but still something people need,” Stoker said. “If you do not have to buy paper items, it puts money back into your budget to return food to your family. It helps people extend their budget and that is our main goal.