Texas Food Pantries Face Shortages as Demand Increases – NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth


A large mobile food pantry event in Dallas on Wednesday ran out of supplies before serving every family.

This shortage points to a tremendous problem of hunger, even in booming northern Texas. north texas food bank We are working to address it.

Well before the Greater Providence Baptist Church pantry’s 10:00 am opening time, a queue of cars was running all the way down the highway on Highway 67, the Marvin D. Love Freeway. In the church parking lot, more vehicles slipped through the signal.

Sylvia Tatum, who drove one of these cars, says it’s very difficult to make ends meet these days when the cost of everything is skyrocketing.

“It’s very difficult. I’m very grateful,” Tatum said.

She was one of the lucky ones to be on the front lines.

Organizers planned to stock 250 cars at a third mobile food pantry held at a church for needy families nearby.

“Most people just look out. They don’t know what’s going on behind someone’s back door. And this proves the point. Or, when we look at those we have already served, and those we will continue to serve, said Marsellus Moses, chairman of the church’s deacons committee.

They ended up serving 400 households before their food supplies ran out.

David Pena drove one of the last few cars to receive service.

“I think a lot of people need a lot of what we’re doing here, so I really appreciate it. Many of us are going through hard times and this is what we’re all about.” He said.

When supplies ran out, more people who were still waiting at the curbs were forced out.

In response to the growing food crisis among many North Texas homes, the North Texas Food Bank launched a $500 million “Nourish North America” ​​initiative to scale up the hunger response and address food security barriers. Texas” fundraising campaign has started.

Detailed information on the NTFB program can be found here.

“We don’t want our neighbors to have to choose between ‘eat today or pay the rent. ,” said Chloe Isagire, NTFB Coordinator.

Six more mobile food distribution events are planned for North Texas this week.

Fresh root distribution:

  • Friday 6 January 2023 9a-12p Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia Dallas, 3751 Merrell Rd, Dallas TX 75229

Community Driven Mobile Pantry Distribution:

  • Friday, January 6, 2023 9a-11a Gilet’s Tabernacle Worship Center, 1228 Newsome Rd, Mesquite TX 75149
  • Friday, January 6, 2023 10:00-12:00 Savior Lutheran, 3003 Horizon Rd, Rockwall TX 75032
  • Friday, January 6, 2023 9a-11a North Colony Church of Christ, 6404 Paige Rd, The Colony, TX 75056
  • Friday, January 6, 2023 9a-11a Ferris Middle School, 1002 E. 8th St., Ferris TX 75125
  • Saturday, January 7, 2023 9a-11a Sand Branch at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 129 Burns Dr, Seagoville, TX 75159


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