Hiway 80 Rescue Mission says urgent need for donations

An East Texas rescue mission is in a tight spot as food is running out while they need to make hundreds of meals each day.
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 1:20 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas rescue mission is in a tight spot, as their food is running out.

An alarming shortage of eggs, bread, oatmeal and cereals are being felt at the Hiway 80 Rescue Missions in Tyler and Longview.

“Breakfast has gotten slim around here, yeah. Breakfast items in particular: cereals, oatmeal, eggs,” says Mission Director Brian Livingston.

Serving 600 meals a day, a big part of it is breakfast for mission residents and the needy who come in for a meal.

“We house close to 300 individuals a night, and they all wake up hungry. And, when we have a box of oatmeal and a dozen eggs, that doesn’t go real far,” Livingston says.

Livingston says he believes it is the economy that is effecting everyone and causing donations to be much lighter that years past.

“The only thing we can figure is economy. We have seen a slight decline in response when we put out pleas. The economy is just rough on everybody,” he says.

They’ve reached a point where they have to use resources to buy food to serve a meal.

“We just have to go buy it, if we can find it for an affordable price,” Livingston says.

But, the short term doesn’t solve the long term. The holidays and winter, when they see more visitors, are coming.

“Even in times when we’re getting good donations, we just go through it really fast with the number of meals we serve here. We’re completely dependent on donations to function. When they start drying up, it makes life difficult around here,” says Livingston.

The mission will not turn anyone away for a meal and will make do with what resources they have.

Food donations can be made at either the Tyler or Longview location of the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.

An East Texas rescue mission is in a tight spot as food is running out while they need to make hundreds of meals each day.