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Food Bank RGV anticipates demand to increase exponentially

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PHARR, Texas – The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley anticipates the demand for food assistance to continue to grow.

The line to the food bank in Pharr on Tuesday extended all the way down to Business 83.

“Our emergency food pantry typically saw 140 families per week that we were taking care of since we’ve moved our pantry outside to a mobile model to a drive-thru model that has grown to 1700 families every two weeks and that number continues to grow,” said Stuart Haniff, chief executive officer of Food Bank RGV. 

As first responders for food, Haniff said some changes have been made to their operations.

“As the public may know we closed off volunteering to the general public so it created a shortage in terms of our staffing and our labor,” said Haniff. 

To fill those positions, 30 men and women of the Texas Army National Guard have joined the food bank on the frontlines and because of the troops’ presence, the the food bank is able to do more mobile distributions.

“We can do those distributions in a moment’s notice and it can run even smoother and in a more organized fashion,” said Haniff. “They help us with our traffic control, they help keep the cars running smoothly and they’re on the front lines distributing food.”

Haniff said the pop-up mobile distribution has free produce and is open to the public, but ID is required.

For more information on when and where the pop-up distributions will be, Haniff encourages the public to follow the food bank’s social media pages.

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