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Abilene food bank gets help from neighbors and out of state visitor

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Hunger and need are year round problems. At the Food Bank of West Central Texas, it takes work each and every day to help solve those problems. Chad Kirkland explains that the Food Bank needs, "Volunteers year round. This is a year round operation. We need help every single day throughout the year."

On Tuesday, volunteers came from near and very, very far. The Knights of Columbus came early in the day to help out, as part of their usual drive to volunteer for others. Sean Desrochers says, "Folks like us that come out, just to come out and help sort through the food, get it boxed up. You can come out, you can just walk in on your lunch hour for an hour to donate some time. It helps out."

Desrochers says that the volunteerism is done out of a desire to help, and not obligation. "It makes me feel good. I love to do it. It's not too taxing. It takes a little bit of time and it provides something good for people who actually need it."

The Knights were joined by a special guest this time. Jess Kurti first realized that she could help out while in her home of Orlando, Florida. Now, she's on a cross country trek, called the Beast of Burden Challenge, to volunteer at every food bank in the Feeding America Network. "That help is immediate." she says, speaking about food banks. "You know you're making a difference."

Kurti says that volunteering has brought her closer to many different communities, "not only to my community at home in Orlando, but also when I'm on the road to the communities I'm so fortunate to visit."

Kurti looks to cross all 17 Feeding America food banks in Texas off her list in this leg of her trip. She's headed to Dallas next as she works her way back to Florida.

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