Dallas' biggest food bank brings pantry to the people at Fair Park pop-up
In these tough coronavirus times, the North Texas Food Bank is throwing a charitable event for residents of south Dallas. Partnering with Spectra and nonprofits Fair Park First and In the City for Good, the NTFB will distribute free food at Fair Park on Thursday, April 2 from 9 am-1 pm.
The Food Bank provides access to almost 77 million meals across a 13-county service area — more than 200,000 meals per day for children, seniors, and families. But as a release points out, the need for hunger relief is complex and the NTFB is working to increase its food distribution efforts.
Spectra is the company charged with managing Fair Park as well as the Dallas Convention Center.
Peter Sullivan, who is general manager of Fair Park for Spectra, says that "while COVID-19 has affected us all, it's great that we're able to host an event that benefits our immediate neighbors in south Dallas. We're thankful for this opportunity to give back to our community and help where we can."
Dallas County's shelter-in-place order allows residents to leave their homes to obtain food, but for takeout or delivery only. For this event, all shelter-in-place guidelines will be followed.
Patrons are encouraged to utilize the drive-thru service. Safety precautions have been established to limit any physical interaction with NTFB, Fair Park First, Spectra, and In the City for Good volunteers.
While this service is focused on south Dallas residents, it will also be available to community members throughout Dallas County. Participants are encouraged to stay in their vehicles and volunteers will load a box of food staples into the trunk and securely close it.
Community members are encouraged to take advantage of the NTFB mobile food distribution service during this difficult time.
The pick-up location will be in Lots 5A and 6A, located in between Robert B Cullum Boulevard and 2nd Avenue inside Fair Park. Participants should enter through Gate 5 only, located at the intersection of Robert B Cullum Boulevard and Grand Avenue. The Dallas Police Department will be onsite to assist with traffic flow.