The face of hunger in West Texas keeps changing.
That’s how Libby Campbell puts it, speaking as the executive director of the West Texas Food Bank.
And it’s why, she says, the food bank continues to adjust, and keeps pushing new efforts to keep up — like this weekend’s Forever Full Margarita Fiesta at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.
The event is the first of its kind, taking place Saturday to benefit the West Texas Food Bank.
“We’re so excited to do something kind of outside the box,” Campbell said over the phone Monday, describing the fundraiser that’ll feature auctions, a drawing, the Spazmatics on stage, Eddie Deen’s food on plates and, of course, specialty margaritas.
“It should have a really good vibe to it that’s a little bit different,” she said.
Few limited tables and tickets are still available, but Campbell said the event has drawn an outpour of support from sponsors and attendees.
Concho Resources is the event’s presenting sponsor. The night will feature a drawing for a Nissan 370Z, donated by Donnie and Catherine Nunn of Midland.
“It has been one of the most amazing events I’ve ever been a part of, to see so many different people want to come forward and want to underwrite, so many different people want to purchase tables, and really be involved with the West Texas Food Bank,” Campbell said. “It warms your heart, to see that you have so much community support, for us to continue to go out there every day and fight hunger in West Texas.”
With a new and different event, the West Texas Food Bank continues to evolve, right with the changing challenges it faces.
Campbell pointed to the surging new oil boom and its effects on the area’s economy. While many benefit from the boom and everything it brings, there are others in the area that can be adversely affected when the cost of living in the area goes up with it.
“We’re starting to see our elderly clients and some of our single parents or guardians, not being able to keep up with the price increase just in their rent and even property taxes and those things,” she said.
“Because of the way our economy is, literally what fight you’re fighting changes overnight,” she added.
Saturday’s event will help with those battles, Campbell said, as well as help with the start of a Senior Box Program in the area and in the food bank’s efforts to expand its school pantry program.
The West Texas Food Bank reportedly distributed more than six million pounds of food in 2017, in the 19 counties it covers across 34,000 square miles.
“I’m very excited to do something different,” Campbell said of Saturday’s event. “Obviously, the West Texas Food Bank, we like to do things different. I’m excited to see that.”