East Texas Food Bank, T.L.L. Temple provide emergency food boxes in response to COVID-19

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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - On Thursday, the East Texas Food Bank partnered with T-L-L Temple foundation to provide free emergency food assistance boxes for those in need.

“It makes me feel good that we're helping this amount of people, but it's really heartbreaking to see the amount of need that is here right now,” Dennis Cullinade, CEO of East Texas Food Bank said.

Officials say that Angelina County has the fourth highest population for food insecurity in the East Texas Food Bank's 26 county area.

“We knew that there would be a lot of concerns about nutrition and access to food,” Wynn Rosser, CEO for T.L.L. Temple Foundation said.

Many people came out to receive a free box of food, which has enough items for 20 meals. The box contains shelf-stable groceries such as dried beans, rice, pasta and canned meat, fruits and vegetables.

“It’s a good balanced meal and it's meant to really help with that pantry,” Cullinade added.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of families are needing additional food support. “I haven't been to work in almost a week. Basically, without this we probably wouldn't be able to make it very well,” an Angelina County resident expressed.

Like this family, others say they are very thankful.

“And that's really what you need in an environment like this. It's really about community,” Cullinade explained. “So, we're going to get through this pandemic and we just want to make sure that we feed the people and feed the families that need a little extra help right now."

Officials say they will be hosting another free food distribution on March 31st from 4:00 pm thru 7:00 pm at the Expo Center. For more information on how to contact the East Texas Food Bank for assistance, click in the Big Red Box.

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