East Texas Food Bank distribution event saw decrease in attendance

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:13 AM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Fewer families than average showed up to East Texas Food Bank’s Friday’s drive-thru produce distribution event.

The free distribution took place at the Gregg County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and was open to anyone with no eligibility or paperwork requirements. And while they on average serve about 1,200 families per distribution event, East Texas Food Bank representatives said they saw that number drop. Today they said they served less than half of the average, 556 families total.

However, despite this decrease, East Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Specialist Tabitha Johnson said the events will continue as long as there is a need in the community.

“Until we don’t think there is a need, but we are scheduled here the second Friday of every month,” Johnson said.

The next drive thru distribution is scheduled for Friday, July 9. Additional future Longview distributions dates include August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10 from 8-10 a.m.

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