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Volunteers at the Nolanville Food Pantry weigh non-perishable donations, Friday in Nolanville. The food pantry accepted donations through the evening time and raised more than 10,000 pounds of food in one day.

NOLANVILLE — The 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade donated 3,414 pounds of non-perishable goods to the local food pantry, here.

“I think people are realizing that there is a great need and there are hungry people,” Norma Butler, director of the Nolanville Food Pantry, said. “The food we received today is such a blessing.”

The 504th EMIB hosted a canned food drive over the past few weeks. More like a competition between the companies to see who could donate the most weight.

On Friday, in the early morning hours, Soldiers weighed in their goods and sent them off with Spc. Natalie Lenehan, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers representative, B Company, 163rd MI Battalion.

“The food that we are receiving today will be passed out to the citizens of Nolanville for the next year,” Butler explained.

She said the donation subsidizes what they receive from the Austin Food Pantry with more options.

“I love that Nolanville lets us in and be a part of their community,” Lenehan added. “We have a community to cherish, take care of, and get to know.”

Lenehand said during the holidays, community and family are even more important.

Pfc. Jacques Bragg, a Soldier with B Company, 303rd MI Bn., said his family never worried about food while growing up, but his family did teach him the values of selfless service. Because of this, he pays it forward by donating to the food pantry and being a part of the partnered community.

“Between this and all of the volunteer opportunities they give us it is absolutely amazing,” Lenehan said. “My family is not here, but I know we have this.”

The Nolanville Food Pantry currently serves about 50 families every two weeks. They are open the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 2-6 p.m. They are located at 300 W. Ave I in Nolanville.