Who We Are

What is the Brazos Valley Food Bank?

The Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB), a 501c3 nonprofit, is a central food distribution site that utilizes millions of pounds of food, millions of dollars and thousands of "friends" (volunteers) to bring the Brazos Valley closer to hunger-free, feeding tens of thousands of unique individuals annually.  BVFB solves hunger today by distributing nutritious food (at least 90%) through our network of partner agencies.  Where are are unmet needs, BVFB provides programs that feed the need today - food filled BackPacks for children; on-campus School Food Pantries for older students; Senior Bags; Mobile Food Pantries for rural communities; food home delivery, Project GotEM; and Screen & Intervene services in health settings to identify partners dealing with hunger.  BVFB is ending hunger tomorrow with strategies that educate, empower and prevent hunger - benefits assistance for safety net programs, service referrals, nutrition education to SNAP-eligible populations and Together We Grow.   

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What is our Area of Service?

BVFB's facility, based in Bryan, TX, provides serves to Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison, Robertson & Washington Counties of the Brazos Valley of Texas.  These combined counties are 92 miles long and 87 miles wide. With 328,898 residents, 59% live in rural areas.


Houston Food Bank:  BVFB is a Partner Food Bank of the Houston Food Bank, along with the Montgomery County Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank and the Trinity River Food Bank.  The Houston Food Bank's service area is the 18 counties of Southeast Texas, which includes the Brazos Valley.  The Houston Food Bank contracts with BVFB to serve the Brazos Valley.  BVFB is its own 501c3; however, it does receive its government food commodity allocations through the Houston Food Bank.  

Feeding Texas: BVFB is a full member of Feeding Texas, the state food bank network of Texas Food Banks.

Feeding America:  BVFB is indirectly affiliated with Feeding America, the national food bank network, through is affiliation as a Partner Food Bank with the Houston Food Bank.  

Ethical Standards

As a matter of fundamental principle, BVFB strives to adhere to the highest ethical standards. As a matter of pragmatic self-interest, we should do so because public trust in our performance and stewardship is the bedrock of our legitimacy. Donors and volunteers support charitable organizations because they trust them to carry out their missions, to be good stewards of their resources, and to uphold rigorous standards of conduct. BVFB must earn this trust every day and in every possible way.

Our board members, executive leaders, staff, and volunteers demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the core values of integrity, honesty, fairness, openness, respect, and responsibility. Adherence to the law is the minimum standard of expected behavior. BVFB must do more, however, than simply obey the law. We must embrace the spirit of the law, often going beyond legal requirements and making sure that what we do is matched by what the public understands about what we do. Transparency, openness and responsiveness to public concerns must be integral to our behavior.

Vision Statement

Our vision is a hunger-free Brazos Valley.

Mission Statement

The Brazos Valley Food Bank unites our community to nourish our neighbors in need.


In all that we do, Brazos Valley Food Bank:

  • Promotes understanding of hunger
  • Inspires community involvement
  • Respects diversity
  • Appreciates every contribution
  • Responds to evolving needs
  • Demonstrates transparency
  • Practices good stewardship
  • Models excellence
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Our volunteer Board members are responsible for the financial health of our organization, making it possible for the Brazos Valley Food Bank to work towards a hunger free Brazos Valley.

 Executive Committee

Marcus Alsup, President, Branch Manager, Wells Fargo 

Theodore George, Vice PresidentProfessor (Department of Philosophy), Texas A&M University 

Deborah Wright, Treasurer, Associate Vice President Budget & Planning, Texas A&M University 

Joni Cook, Secretary, Retired, Community Volunteer (Burleson County) 

Allan Clayton, Immediate Past President, Retired, Community Volunteer, Brazos County 

Members at Large

John Cowan, Senior Vice President, Simmons Bank

Janet Briaud, CFP, Chief Investment Officer/Partner,  Briaud Financial Advisors 

Jimmy Byrd, Executive Dean, Blinn College (Bryan Campus) 

Dora Cruzan, Retired Community Volunteer (Brazos County)

Scott DeLucia, Radio Host, Bryan Broadcasting 

Alex Egan, Director of Special Projects, KBTX Media

Leland Gibson, Project Manager, Office of Facilities Planning & Construction, Texas A&M University System 

David Gilbert, Store Manager, Brookshire Brothers (Caldwell) 

Ann Gilmore, Unit Director, H-E-B (Bryan) 

Andrew Kilzer, General Manager, Maroon & White, LP

Ken Krueger, City President, Extraco Banks

Pat Patrick, Sales Center Manager, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages 

Carl Prihoda, Community Reinvestment Act Officer, Citizens State Bank (Brenham) 

Philip Rodriguez V., Attorney, Doss & Rodriquez

Gus Roman, Assistant Director, City of College Station Community Services Department 

Byron Sommerlatte, Retired, Community Volunteer (Burleson County)

Tammi Warford, Sponsorship Coordinator, Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo 


Executive Staff

Theresa Mangapora, MSW - Executive Director


Programs Staff

Shannon Avila - Programs Director

Winter Terral - Special Programs Manager

Alaina Jalufka - Together We Grow Program Manager

Morayo Suara - Health Promotions Manager

Robert Martin - Agency Relationships Manager

Vacant - Agency Relations/Mobile Pantry Coordinator

Kathryn Clanton - Nutrition Education Coordinator

Melissa Roy - Benefits Assistance Coordinator

Jenny Serrato - Referral Specialist

Vacant - Benefits Assistance Specialist

Vacant - Nutrition Education Specialist

Shae Brunette - Individual Development Specialist

Vacant - Professional Development Specialist

Amelia Ichode - Programs Specialist

Luciana Ponce - Nutrition Educator

Ashley Patridge - Agency Relations/Mobile Pantry Assistant


Operations Staff

Ebony Knight - Operations Director

Destiny Lavador - Food & Friends Manager  

Tyler Foley- Distribution Manager

Denise Lambert - Facilities and Logistics Manager

Roy Ellis - Assembly Coordinator

Vacant - Administrative Greeter

Tyra Moore - Driver

James Brewster - Driver/Warehouse Staff

Marquis Pratt - Driver/Warehouse Staff

Vacant - Forklift Operator


Communications & Development Staff 

Amanda Stark - Communications & Development Director

Sheena Petty - Communications & Development Coordinator

Ericka Johnson - Development Assistant


Finance Staff

Scott Singletary - Accounting & Finance Professional

Mona Benoit - Finance Specialist

The Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB) has been in operation for 39 years. In its first year (1985), BVFB distributed 50,000 pounds of food.  BVFB became a Partner Distribution Organization (PDO) of the Houston Food Bank in 1986, and in 1987, the first paid staff position was created.  In 2005, BVFB started its first program, the BackPack Program.  Subsequent years included more program development, increased food distribution, including the addition of fresh produce, and disaster response. In 2017, after completion of its Because Hunger Won’t Wait Capital Campaign, BVFB moved into a larger facility with increased space for operations, fresh food storage and volunteer engagement.