BROWNSVILLE, Texas — To help families in need, United Against Hunger held its first mass food distribution in Brownsville Monday morning.
Although the distribution started at 9 a.m., people were already in line hours before it started.
“We got there a few minutes before 6:30 [a.m.] and there was already a line past Southmost,” said Dist. 1 Commissioner for the City of Brownsville, Nurith Golansky.
The line exceeded United Way of Southern Cameron County’s expectations.
“We weren’t sure what the outcome was going to be, but we are happy that the people that need this are coming to receive it,” said Wendy De Leon, communication and events coordinator of United Way of Southern Cameron County.
The initiative is meant to help those left without an income during the pandemic and those who just need food.
“The food is being packaged and distributed by furloughed restaurant workers that we hired,” said De Leon. “We’re helping out our friends who right now unfortunately don’t have that much work and at the same time we’re helping the community.”
With plans of having a mass food distribution every friday, Galonsky said they have enough resources to go around, but will work on logistics.
“So one of the first things I’m going to advocate is that we need to debrief [and] the logistics could be a little bit better because we could’ve had the traffic flow moving better,” said Galonsky. “But at the same time it was our first time so I’m going to give us a break, but overall it was very successful.”
Galonsky said the next mass food distribution will be at the Brownsville Events Center.
If you would like to join the United Way of Southern Cameron County in this fight against hunger, you can make a donation.