West Texas Food Bank Nominated For National Conservation Award

1 of 5 food banks in the nation nominated

MIDLAND, Texas (Local 2/FOX 24) - The West Texas Food Bank in Midland is one of five food banks in the nation to be nominated for the Innovations in Green award. 

With over 200 food banks in the United States, West Texas Food Bank Executive Director Libby Campbell says she's excited their hard work is being noticed. 

"Because we're being recognized on a national level for our quest to become not only you know to feed those and get them better quality food and produce and those kinds of things, but also the fact that we're trying to become more sustainable and become a better member of the community itself," said Campbell. 

That quest has led their 9-month-old Midland location to include green houses, solar panels, and a rain water collector. 

"We're lucky that we do have solar energy on this facility, it's you know powering anywhere from 68% to 72% of our energy needs," said Campbell. 

Their 5,500 gallon water collection tank fuels their green houses, and Campbell says conservation efforts closely intertwine with their desire to help the community. 

Campbell adding that every dollar saved through their conservations efforts is put back into the almost 19 counties they reach. 

"Even though we're a non-profit, we are a business. You know and so the better we can run our business the more efficient we can be actually the more we can invest into the people that need our help," said Campbell. 

Campbell says they will continue to find new ways to conserve in order to allow their food bank to grow and have a farther reach. 

The West Texas Food Bank won't be attending the award ceremony in Atlanta, instead choosing to use that money to help the people of Midland. 


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