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Longview Dream Center receives 13 tons of donated food

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:16 AM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - A massive delivery of food was made to East Texas today, earmarked for charitable organizations.

The truck from Salt Lake city rolled in early this morning at the ‘Dream Center’ in Longview, hauling 13 tons of food stuffs for charitable agencies. Courtesy of the ‘Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints.’

“Some of the Covid relief funds are going to end soon. We wanted to get ahead of that and to bring in this food to split this up amount all these wonderful agencies,” said delivery organizer Tonya Waite.

“They know we have a need here. We have a 21 thousand meal gap here in Gregg county. Our neighbors are hungry, and we need to reach out and meet that need,” said Dream Cener director Shonna Barlow.

The truck delivered the food to benefit ten non-profit agencies in east Texas, including Gregg, Harrison, Panola and Rusk counties.

Several of them like the ‘Hiway 80 Rescue Mission’, that survive on public donations alone.

“We received about 15 percent of the whole load. Very big, 3 pallets, full pallets is what we got. That goes pretty quick when you’re serving 600 meals a day so this was a great thing for the mission,” says mission development director Amelia Heatherly.

“We had over 40 volunteers, missionaries this morning dividing all these goods up,” Waite says.

The Dream Center in Longview offered to be the project hub site where each agency’s food

allotments were be distributed out by volunteers.

“Such a large need here. People just don’t realize that our neighbors are hungry. And they are so generous to share with ministries like us and other ministries here in town, and we’re so thankful,” says Barlow.

13 tons of food donated to Longview Dream Center
13 tons of food donated to Longview Dream Center(KLTV)

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