Thousands of people boarded their cars in Dallas on Saturday to get food from the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) before Thanksgiving holiday next week. The organization told CBS News that the food cheap was the largest meal ever.
More than 6,000 cars and about 25,000 people were served by Food Bank volunteers and employees during the nearly five-hour event, Anna Kurien, NTFB’s senior marketing and communications director, told CBS News in an email.
The Food Bank distributed 600,000 pounds of food to families including 7,280 turkeys, “Drive-through mobile pantry. ”
Footage of the incident Huge lines of cars appeared to pick up workers packing vehicles with boxes of food and bags of provisions.
“I see blessings coming to us, “Resident Samantha Woods said while waiting in her car,” according to CBS Dallas, “and I appreciate helping North Texas. ”
Kurien said that most people in the line received a turkey, dry produce, bread and fresh produce. Each person was given about 20 meals worth of food.
She said that she was spoken with a man named Manuel who had gone– and was grateful for the efforts of the NTFB.
“He had some illnesses and is handicapped, but can rely on his wife’s income,” Kurien told CBS News. “With COVID, she was laid off from work and the family has witnessed her fair of struggles. They shared that the food they received was a true blessing, as they thought they would eat spaghetti for dinner on Thanksgiving, but Should be able to take a turkey home beyond that. “
Kurian said the incident was a “brainchild” of MW Logistics CEO Michelle Ward, who asked NTFB if they could come together to help people in South Dallas, “Kurien said. He also stressed That the Food Bank “has too much community support.”
From March to September, the organization distributed more than 63 million meals, an increase of 45% compared to 2019, according to its website. It provided over 60 million pounds of food within that time, an increase of 72% from the previous year during the same period.
Kurian said that the food bank has seen an increase in the need of every agency in its feeding network since the onset of the epidemic, with at least 40% of people coming “through the doors” “new to them and due to COVIDs” Have been.
“As long as jobs are unstable, we will continue to see the need for growth,” Kurien said. “The good news is that there is a caring community that wants to make sure that we can help our neighbors.”
And thisThe experience of food insecurity amid the epidemic is not limited to Texas – .
In June, a report from the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University reported that relying on data from the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, the food insecurity for families with children has doubled and tripled as a result of the epidemic.
In an interview with CBS News, earlier this fall, IPR director and one of the report’s authors, Diane Whitmore Scanzenbach, said she was “convinced” that this pattern of growing food insecurity “will continue.”
Kurian did not let anyone influence him and hoped to contribute to consider supporting the NTFB. “Your support will help keep food on the table for our neighbors when needed,” she said.