Tarrant Area Food Bank Adds New Event & Distribution Center to Serve Parker County – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Families will line up again Friday at Herman Clark Stadium in Fort Worth to receive fresh groceries from the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

The mega cellular market has been happening every week for more than a year.

“We run anywhere from 2 to 4,000 families a week. And you can only see the multiplier. We’ve been out there for over 52 weeks,” said Julie Butner, president and CEO of the food bank. “We’re starting to see these numbers go down a bit. The sad part is that the amount of food we’re handing out remains high.”

Just as the needs of customers persist, so do the needs of nonprofits.

“Our greatest needs are with volunteers and also with financial contributions. We continue to deliver food at record levels in our history. And of course now that people are being vaccinated and things are getting back to normal. We want our volunteers back.” We rely heavily on volunteers every year, with 20,000 people, “she said.

However, gaps in volunteer and funding will not slow the mission.

“We knew even before the pandemic that we weren’t fully exposed to all of the 13 counties we are responsible for providing food for,” Butner said as she talked about the nonprofit’s new distribution center in Weatherford. “This will help us serve some of our rural communities better than we have in the past.”

The distribution center will be fully operational this fall, but a new mothers’ meal event is in the works for this weekend.

“This Saturday we will have our very first maternal meal distribution. This is particularly aimed at Mother’s Day mothers who need to provide groceries for their families. Anyone in need of groceries can come to our Parker County location.” Butner said.

Moms for Meals food distribution will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 112 Winners Circle in Weatherford.

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