The East Texas Food Bank will be hosting an emergency food box distribution, and launching a delivery program to get food boxes to seniors.

The ETFB will host an emergency food box distribution from 10 a.m. to noon (or while supplies last) on Friday, April 3 at the East Texas State Fairgrounds, 2112 W. Front St.

According to the food bank, the boxes are an added layer of assistance on top of the 21.3 million meals the ETFB distributes each year. Boxes contain shelf stable groceries such as dried beans, rice, pasta and canned meat, fruits and vegetables. Community members can receive one box per family, which contains items for 16 meals. No paperwork or identification is needed, community members just need to provide their name and address.

The ETFB also is launching a food box delivery program for low income seniors over 60 years old that are homebound or quarantined and at risk of hunger.

Seniors living within Tyler city limits are eligible and must fall within the income range listed.

The food bank will start accepting calls and applications for delivery on Tuesday, with service set to begin Wednesday. Seniors can sign up by calling 903-617-2046 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and must provide a full name, phone number, delivery address, number of people in the household and verbal declaration of income. Seniors must speak to someone when they call, voicemails will not be accepted.

Once approved, Food Finders of Smith County will have a volunteer call prior to deliver to let them know they are in the area. Upon arrival, the volunteer will need verbal confirmation of the senior’s name.

Families in need also can find their nearest food pantry at EastTexasFoodBank.org by clicking “Find Food.”

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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