East Texas Food Bank distributes free produce at Lufkin Expo Center

East Texas Food Bank distributes free produce at Lufkin Expo Center

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - On Tuesday, in Lufkin the East Texas food bank distributed 25-pound, pre-packed fresh produce boxes for people in the community.

“It will help me because it will be less money that I have to spend on groceries. They are getting expensive,” said Thomas Peacosk, an Angelina County resident.

“Well, it will benefit a whole lot because we are on fixed income. So, every little penny we can save it helps us out,” said Doris Hodge, another Angelina County resident.

The East Texas Food Bank’s program director Tim Butler said we are six months into a pandemic, and there is a need that they are trying to fulfill.

“Even pre-COVID, the number of people that are going hungry every single day here in Northeast Texas is kind of staggering. It was one in five," Butler said. "So, after COVID-19 that number turned to one and four,” Butler said. “This kind of service has always been needed, but they need it even more now due to COVID-19.”

Some families say the additional assistance will go a long way.

“It will last us at least three weeks. It is just the two of us, so it would help us out a lot,” Hodge said.

“I know it’s going to help my daughter because I’m going to make sure she has something," said Lashaun Greer, an Angelina County resident. "Plus, there are a lot of elderly people in our neighborhood. So, I do know that it’s going to be beneficial for them.”

Officials say they distributed over 930 food boxes during Tuesday’s event.

The next scheduled distributions are October 27th, November 24th, and December 29th at the George H. Henderson Expo Center in Lufkin.

The distribution is drive-thru only. Officials say there are no eligibility requirements or identification needed.

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(PREVIOUS)--- The East Texas Food Bank is distributing free produce Tuesday morning in Lufkin.

From the East Texas Food Bank:

In response to the increased need for food assistance due to COVID-19, the East Texas Food Bank is bringing its drive-thru produce distribution to Lufkin at the George H. Henderson Expo Center on Tuesday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Participants will enter the main parking lot of the Expo Center from Highway 69 and follow the traffic control guidance to receive the free produce items.

The next scheduled distributions are October 27, November 24 and December 29.The distribution is drive-thru only and walkups will not be accepted.

There are no eligibility requirements or identification needed. Multiple households can ride together.

To pick up produce for someone else, a hand-written note from that person with their name, address, permission for you to pick up for them and their signature must be provided. The physical note or a picture of it will be accepted.

Any family seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic can visit www.EastTexasFoodBank.org and click “find food” to get information on the nearest food resources.

The East Texas Food Bank is distributing free produce on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at the George H. Henderson Expo Center in Lufkin.
The East Texas Food Bank is distributing free produce on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at the George H. Henderson Expo Center in Lufkin. (Source: T'Ebonie Tanner/KTRE)

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