In 1983, under the leadership of Mary Frances Warren with the Texas Department of Public Welfare, Pete Ybarra with the Community Action Program and Betty Bradley with Meals on Wheels, a search for solutions to address hunger in our community began. After visiting food banks in other parts of Texas, the group aimed to create a similar food bank model for the Big Country region.
By January 1984, all organizational functions for the Food Bank of West Central Texas had been accomplished. Space and most of the equipment were donated by individuals and companies. Within the first year, 27 businesses donated 225,000 pounds of food that was distributed to 25 member agencies.