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      Foodbank RGV sees spike in demand for Thanksgiving

      While many families will be cooking a feast Thursday, thousands of families in the Rio Grande Valley will continue to struggle putting any food on the table.

      Wednesday morning volunteers at the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley packaged up food for seniors in need.

      "A lot of seniors have a fixed budget. A lot of time they get benefits but it's not enough to make ends meet of the entire month, Food bank manager of communications Omar Rodriguez said.

      Rodriguez says volunteers like these are the reason the food bank is able to help so many families in need.

      "The volunteers are the backbone of the food bank, Rodriguez said. For every one hour they donate, it basically saves us enough money to provide for 105 meals so that TMs a big impact that any volunteer group can make."

      Normally the food bank would see a 10-20 percent increase in the number of families asking for help from year to year but that rate is increasing.

      Over the past two years the demand at the food bank has risen by more than 40 percent and as long as the shelves remain unstocked that demand is not going to be met.

      "Being a charity, that's why it is so important to get donations of food, time and money, Rodriguez said.

      While they will gladly accept any donation they receive, the food bank is in special need of nutritious foods with a long shelf life like tuna, soup, green vegetables and peanut butter.

      "Not only feeding families is important to us but making sure they make good healthy choices as far as diet, Rodriguez said.

      So as you sit down to eat your Thanksgiving feast this holiday, give thanks by remembering those who are not as blessed.

      Action 4 News and the Food bank RGV are partnering up for this year's Share your Christmas.

      We'll be collecting donations Thursday, December 5 at HEB in Brownsville on Paredes Line and the HEB Plus in Mission.

      To find out more on donating or volunteering go to or call 956-682-8101.