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The East Texas Food Bank hosts a drive-thru food distribution at Green Acres Baptist Church parking lot in Tyler in November.

Whitehouse native and Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes’ charity, 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, announced Wednesday the organization will donate 30,000 meals to the East Texas Food Bank’s upcoming produce distributions.

The food bank will receive 15,000 meals each for distributions at Lindsey Park in Tyler from 10 a.m. to noon March 5 and 19.

The announcement said the donation is to help Texans who were affected by the recent winter storm.

East Texas Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Dennis Cullinane said the food bank is grateful to “hometown hero” Patrick Mahomes and the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation for their continued support of our hunger-relief work.

“Their recent donation will provide enough food for approximately 30,000 meals total, with 15,000 meals going to our two upcoming drive-thru distributions at Lindsey Park in Tyler,” Cullinane said. “I was personally touched that even as Patrick became a new father last week, he was still thinking about his hometown and wanted to help those that have been affected by the winter storm.”

Cullinane noted how both the winter storm and the pandemic have both led to an increased need for food.

“During times like these, when so many of our neighbors have lost power and water — including the most vulnerable among us already facing hunger — we are so thankful for our caring community and friends like Patrick,” he said. “The donation will help us meet the increased need for food assistance due to the pandemic and winter storm.”

Both of these distributions are drive-thru style.

The East Texas Food Bank is one of several charities that Mahomes’ foundation supports, according to the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation website.

Before this distributions in March, Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler will host a drive-thru distribution in the parking lot this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Those coming should enter on Barbara Street.

People needing to find food within ETFB’s 26-county area can visit EastTexasFoodBank.org and click the “find food” tab to see a list of programs near them.

 
 

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