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HOMETOWN HARVEST FOOD DRIVE FRIDAY: How Those "In Need" Help Food Banks Operate

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NBC RIGHT NOW, WA. -- Our Hometown Harvest Food Drive is this Friday. And in preparation for the big event, we're bringing you stories from our local food banks all week long.

The scene here at the Safeway parking lot on West Kennewick Avenue will change dramatically Friday morning for our Hometown Harvest Food Drive. We all know the food banks your donation will help support, give some much appreciated help to those in need. But did you know, many times, those same people giving back is what makes the food bank operate? 

Food banks do more than just feed people, they give families a chance at success. 

Lupe came to Washington from Mexico over 30 years ago. She says her three kids who are grown now, wouldn't be where they are without the food bank. 

The food bank also helps people feel good about themselves. 

"There's a little bit of everything, we learn to love ourselves," Maria Angiano said. 

Both of these women have used the food bank over the years to help support their families. And you might be surprised how many families use the food banks, especially during the holidays. 

"We probably average about 800 families a week," Marie Schultz, President of the St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank said. "Last week we did 912 families, we expect a thousand families this week."

Even though these people are labeled as "in need", they also have so much to give. Both Lupe and Maria donate hours of their time giving back to the place they have received so much. 

"We need it but there's others on the outside that need it even more than us," Maria said. 

"And now that I have been helped, now it needs my help to give to others," Lupe said.

And they can't thank you enough for helping us raise food for families during our Hometown Harvest Food Drive. 

"Thank you so much!" Lupe said. "I am so grateful and I hope that God multiplies what they gave."

"Thank you," Maria said. "Thank you for donating this food because this benefits a lot of people."

Remember, all day Friday, we're putting a glow on hunger and collecting donations for food banks with the help of Albertsons-Safeway stores.

On Friday, December 4th, our team will be out collecting your food donations from 5 in the morning until 6:30 at night. You can catch us at the Albertson's on Lee Boulevard in Richland. The Safeway on West Kennewick Avenue in Kennewick and the Safeway on West Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima.

You can make a food donation that day, or donate 10 dollars for a pre-packaged bag of food at these stores.