SAN ANGELO, Texas – September is Hunger Action Month, but year-round, the goal of Keepers of Hope founder Debbie Sonberg is to fill the gap year-round.
“It’s hard for someone to come forward and say they’re hungry because they feel they should be able to provide, but we’re not looking at why they need the food, we’re looking at the fact that they have a hungry belly,” Sonberg said.
She runs a nonprofit that supports agencies that help those in need by locating, securing, and delivering the resources they need to those organizations.
“Case managers or directors call me when they get a new customer or have a customer who is struggling and then we pull food packages for emergencies,” Sonberg added.
During the interview with Debbie, she got a call that a family of 5 was in need. She immediately told the KLST KSAN news team that we were making boxes.
“A mom, dad, grandmother and two kids have been eating peanut butter sandwiches for about 4 or 5 days now, so that’s all that’s available in that house,” Sonberg told us.
Debbie keeps track of how many pounds of food is given away. Last year the number was high, but she expects it to rise as she tells us the need in the Concho Valley is growing every day.
“With our food campaign and buying food from the food bank to put it in the various facilities, we have returned more than 10,000 pounds of food to our community,” Sonberg said.
“It is by giving that we receive.” That’s the quote Debbie and her nonprofit are on. She encourages people in the community to help by saying that no donation is too small.
“A lady called me and she said, I only have money to buy one can of food, one can of tuna, a box of mac and cheese, and a jar of peanut butter,” Sonberg said. “It may not mean much to you and me, but if that’s all someone eats, it means the world to them.”
Every month, Debbie collects a certain type of food in collection boxes throughout the city. In September the tuna cans are collected and in October they are soup cans. If you would like to donate to Keepers of Hope, you can find the drop-off locations below.
- Bargain cave
- Shipping point
- The Lions’ Charity
- Galilee Development Company