Drive-thru food pantries set for people in need | Local News

The Salvation Army of Hunt County, in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, will hold its second food distribution for families in need on Friday, January 7.

The drive-through food distribution will be from 9-11 a.m. at the Hope for You Distribution Center at 4320 Highway 380 Business in Greenville. Those who wish to receive food assistance will not need to make an appointment or bring any documents to qualify.

“If you’re hungry, come over,” said Sheila Sedibaka of Hunt County’s Salvation Army. “The last time we got this, we did it at the Senior Resource Center (in Greenville), and we had 850 cars come in for the food, so we chose to go a little off the beaten track this time in a low-traffic area.”

While the distribution will be first-come-first-served, volunteers won’t start loading vehicles until 9am and each vehicle will be given the same amount of food.

The Salvation Army is also still looking for more volunteers to help fill and distribute food boxes. The mobilization process will begin at 7:30 AM on Friday, January 7th at Hope for You. Those interested in volunteering can call the Salvation Army in Hunt County at 903455-1875 and are encouraged to call by Monday, January 3.

In addition to distributing food this coming Friday, the Salvation Army of Hunt County also has a regular food pantry, which is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hope For You.

“We continue to appreciate any and all donations of food, hygiene supplies and pet food to our food pantry,” Sidibaka said.

Those wishing to donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Hunt County will need to bring them to the Senior Resource Center at 4912 Lee Street in Greenville.

For those in need who don’t have access to the Salvation Army food distribution on January 7, Crossroads Church will also continue its monthly “mobile food pantry” into the new year. The first distribution, also in partnership with North Texas Food Bank, will take place Tuesday, January 11th at the church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

When distributing food at Crossroads Church, customers will also be required to stay in their vehicles and will need to follow the procedure below:

• Drivers will be given a form to fill out asking for their name, address, monthly income and the number of people in their home.

• In the case of purchasing food for another family, drivers will need to provide an ID card or utility bill in the name of that family.

• Once the form is filled out, while waiting in line, the driver must place it face up on the dashboard for easy viewing.

• The model will be photographed through the windshield by the distribution personnel.

• If the trunk can be opened from the inside, the driver must open it so that food can be placed inside. For those with vehicles whose bins cannot be opened from the inside, volunteers will place the lunch boxes on top of the trunk or hood and ask the customer to slowly drive forward and out of the line before getting out of the vehicle to carry the food into the trunk.

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