FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas program that feeds the poor is dealing with a crisis of their own.

Fort Worth’s Community Food Bank feeds hundreds of families everyday. Thousands of pounds of food, meant to help those in need, are now at risk of spoiling.

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“We have a huge dilemma,” explained Executive Director Regina Taylor. “We have 6,000 square feet of freezer that has gone out on us.”

Taylor said the food bank is hoping someone will offer his or her assistance with repairing the commercial unit. “If anybody knows how to work on a big unit and wants to help us feed families, feed kids, feed veterans and the homeless, please contact us,” she pleaded.

In the meantime, the food bank is handing out food as fast as they can. “Normally we give people one or two meats, when they come pick up, they’re getting four things now.”

Not only is the food on-hand in danger, the food bank is also having to turn down large food donations because the freezer doesn’t work.

“We’re turning down meats, we’re turning down frozen food, we’re turning it down because we can’t afford to take it in if we can’t get it out to people safely,” Taylor said, adding, “We have turkeys, and hams, and chicken, and all kinds of frozen… all kinds of stuff that’s gonna go bad if we don’t get this fixed.”

Just last year the Community Food Bank didn’t have enough turkeys to hand out at Thanksgiving. Taylor said they were blessed with a flood of donations and some of those products are now at risk of spoiling.

Workers at the Community Food Bank say they’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of people seeking assistance. Taylor said, “We’re averaging 450 families a day now. It’s gone up since food stamps were cut and extended unemployment [benefits] were cut.”

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Taylor said she can’t be worried about the loss of inventory right now, though it is a serious concern, she just doesn’t want the food to be wasted. “We’d rather for it to go out while it’s still good, giving it to the families that could use it, then for it to go bad.”

The Community Food Bank operates on donations and volunteer help.

Anyone wanting to make a financial contribution to help with the freezer repairs can do so on the Community Food Bank website or by calling 817-924-3333. If there is a business, that specializes in commercial/industrial refrigeration, that is willing to offer their services for free please contact Rudy Taylor by email.

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