East Texas Food Bank, Dream Center partner with Door Dash to deliver groceries to seniors in Longview

The East Texas Food Bank has teamed with Longview’s Dream Center to make grocery deliveries available to more senior citizens.
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 11:01 AM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - A new partnership will help bring free food to those in need. The East Texas Food Bank has teamed with Longview’s Dream Center to make grocery deliveries available to more senior citizens. And, it will get where it needs to go thanks to Door Dash.

Door Dash Driver Alyssa Stewart, Executive Director of the Longview Dream Center Shonna Barlow, and East Texas Food Bank Programs Director Blake Huguenin are about to load up boxes of free grocery items for delivery.

“The East Texas Food works with 54 organizations across East Texas to deliver about 4000 boxes of food to seniors every month. So, Longview Dream Center is one of our partners. Basically, we had the idea of a lot of seniors either getting to a location to pick up their food, or they have to rely on somebody else to get them there,” Huguenin said.

That’s where Door Dash comes in.

“This is the first time an order like this popped up. I got one, I declined it. I got another one, I was like, I’m curious on what this is about because I’ve never seen one like this, so I came. And, I’m glad I did because now I get to help the community,” Stewart said.

Grocery delivery to places like Page Place Low Income Apartments isn’t new, but until now it lacked efficiency.

“We were basically dumping them on the office manager here, and she was having to deliver 23 forty-pound boxes to our seniors. And so, Door Dash stepped up and said, hey, we want to help feed your neighbors, and this was a great way to start that,” Barlow said.

One box was taken right to Linda Henry’s door.

“You would not believe how this has been a life saver several times, and there’s so much you can do. You can mix and match: beef stew, vegetable soup. I can’t really even explain to you how much that helps because now I can’t drive anymore. It’s a godsend. It really is,” Henry said.

“This’ll be a great partnership between the Food Bank, Door Dash and our partner agencies throughout East Texas,” Huguenin said.

According to the Food Bank, Door Dash is footing the bill to pay their drivers for deliveries. The Food Bank expects to give away about 31 million pounds of food this year, and they hope to give away 35 million pounds by 2025. Anyone who wants to see if they’re eligible for the program can contact the Longview Dream Center or East Texas Food Bank.

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East Texas Food Bank and the Dream Center partner with Door Dash to deliver senior meals in Longview.