Virtual food drive benefits local non-profits

Posted April 11, 2011

KACU, Abilene's public radio station, is hosting a "Virtual Food Drive" beginning March 30. The online food drive will benefit the Food Bank of West Central Texas, Rescue the Animals and KACU-FM.

"More families than ever are seeking help. As the economy gets worse, our numbers continue to increase," says Jean Butler, coordinator of the United Methodist Service Center and Food Pantries. "Without the help of the Food Bank, we would not be able to give a balanced diet to so many families. I strongly urge anyone to help the Food Bank restock right now. The shelves become bare all too quickly. The hungry continue to need these resources."

The Virtual Drive is a unique concept, allowing shoppers to donate to three non-profit organizations with one contribution. Shoppers can go online and fill a shopping cart with virtual food purchases or choose a donation amount. When the shopper purchases the items, the total amount of purchase becomes a donation to KACU. One of several event sponsors – which include United Supermarkets, First Financial Bank, U.S. Coach in Buffalo Gap and Mike Dunahoo's Star Dodge Hyundai – will then donate the same amount of money to the Food Bank or Rescue the Animals.

Visit to learn more about the drive or to donate.