The Coastal Bend Food Bank will be having a drive-thru food distribution at the American Bank Center on Friday for families in need of groceries due to the aftermath of the winter storm that has affected the area.
The distribution will take place at two different times, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-3 p.m. The food bank will serve 1,000 families Friday. There will be 500 in the first distribution, members of the food bank will take a break and restock and then serve the final 500 in the second distribution.
Facemasks are required for families that come. They are asked to wait inside their vehicle as well with their trunk empty and open for products to be received. There are no pre-requirements for people to receive food.
More than one family can be in a vehicle at a time, but no more than three said multimedia communications coordinator Micaela Calderon-Stewart.
“Sometimes we get two or more families in a vehicle picking up because they may be giving someone else a ride,” Calderon-Stewart said. “We will give them a registration card for each family so they can receive food. The card will ask for their name, address, how many are in the household, if they receive any federal assistance like SNAP and what their household income is.”
Calderon-Stewart said the questions will not affect families from getting food, it’s information the food bank needs to keep tract of what families they’re taking care of.
Food that will be provided will include milk, yogurt, cheese, chicken patties, taco meat, produce and more. Calderon-Stewart said an assortment of bread might be available, as well as water if a shipment comes to them in time.
There will be more distributions in the following week. An announcement will be made on Sunday from the Coastal Bend Food Bank.
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