PLANO, Texas - Donations are typically down this time of year but the need at food banks remains high.
FOX 4’s Hanna Battah went out to the North Texas Food Bank’s facility in Plano to learn more about a donation delivery drive. Anyone can stop by and drop off deliveries.
Especially with the government shutdown continuing, more people are in need right now in North Texas. The NTFB has a tool that government workers who are not getting paid can use to get help.
Federal employees just need to go to www.ntfb.org/agencies and type in their location to see a list of local food pantries that can provide groceries.
Over the past couple of days, the NTFB has been going out with a mobile pantry to locations such as Love Field Airport to reach out to those federal employees who aren’t getting paid.
“They received fresh citrus products and received carrots and received bread and milk, two half gallons of milk and rice and beans and all of these things here together. Because, we really want to make sure they have enough food for them and their families because we don’t know how long it will last. And anything we do to help them is what we are doing,” said Trisha Cunningham, the NTFB CEO.
To help meet the demand, the food bank has partnered with the local radio station Star 102.1 to host the donation drive. Some of the items it needs are shelf-stable items like canned goods or peanut butter.
“Peanut butter is good, a nice protein. And any kind of canned goods that would be good in your own pantry as well. Anything that would be nice and nutritious that you want to feed your own family that is shelf stable is what we want,” Cunningham said.
Additionally, the NTFB is looking for volunteers and monetary donations. Cunningham said the food bank is very good at turning a single donated dollar into as many as three full meals.
To drop off items, go to the North Texas Food Bank Distribution Center located at 3677 Mapleshade Lane in Plano between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information, visit www.ntfb.org.