Williamson County food needs rise with population boom

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Williamson County may be one of the wealthiest areas in the state, but there is still hunger. The need goes up in the summer, and a local food drive could help tackle the problem.

Claudia Sanchez says she’s grateful for the food she gets from The Caring Place once a month, especially when her children are out of school.

“The kids are home more in the summer,” she said in Spanish. “That’s when it becomes more difficult for us to buy all the food because they’re always wanting to eat.”

Sanchez is one of hundreds of families that need more help during summer months. The workers at this food pantry say traffic goes way up between June and August because kids have no school meals.

“We served over 600 families in June, which represents over 1,300 people,” said Gina O’Connor with The Caring Place in Georgetown. “That’s almost double the number of people and families that we served June of last year.”

O’Connor expects demand to continue rising right along with the area’s population.

“There’s been a lot of growth in suburban poverty in the greater Austin area,” O’Connor added. “A lot of people have moved up here to get more affordable housing.”

And that housing boom is why the Williamson County Association of Realtors says they are holding their summer food drive.

“We have 1,200 realtors in Williamson County,” said Jack Stapleton Jr., “and there are several dozen realtor offices throughout the county that are collection points for the food drive.”

The food drive runs though July 17th. You can drop off canned items at any real estate office in Williamson County.

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