The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. was founded in 1983 by Reverend Ted and Martha Knies in Pharr, TX. The Valley had just been devastated by a freeze and the Knies took it upon themselves to help those affected by the agricultural blow. At its inception, the food bank was called "Pharr Area Food Pantry" and directly served those living in Pharr and the surrounding areas. In 1986, the pantry was incorporated to become the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. This allowed it to serve as a clearinghouse for smaller food pantries and on-site feeding organizations. The Food Bank RGV is a champion to those organizations who focus on making food accessible to the Valley including supporting child feeding sites at the Boys and Girls Clubs through our Kids Cafe program, Operation Kid Pack and Ronald McDonald Charities. Making food accessible for seniors and postpartum women and children is also a priority through our various programs at the Food Bank RGV.