East Texas Food Bank to distribute emergency food boxes at East Texas State Fairgrounds

East Texas Food Bank to distribute emergency food boxes at East Texas State Fairgrounds

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The East Texas Food Bank (ETFB) will hand out free emergency food boxes for East Texas families in need on Friday.

Each box will contain enough pantry items for 16 meals and will include dried beans, rice, pasta, and canned meat, fruits, and vegetables.

An ETFB news release stated anyone interested in a free meal box just needs to provide their name and address; no paperwork or identification is needed.

“I think right now the name of the game is getting people food that’s not going to go bad in their fridge or their pantry,” said Tim Butler, program services director with ETFB. “Right now, we’re not seeing as much of a need for fresh produce, which is obviously at the top of our priority list, typically. But the grocery stores have a lot of that, from what I’ve seen. So, we’re trying to supplement some of those pantry staple items.”

The drive-thru distribution will be held starting at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, at the East Texas State Fairgrounds. Households will receive one emergency box, while supplies last.

Any family seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic can visit www.EastTexasFoodBank.org and click “Find Food” to get information on the nearest food resources.

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