Fair Park Hosts Third "Mobile Food Pantry" For Thousands In Need

Alan Scaia
May 14, 2020 - 12:24 pm
Fair Park May Food Pantry, North Te​xas Food Bank

Credit: alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The North Te​xas Food Bank held its third "mobile food pantry" Thursday at Fair Park. The food bank partnered with the National Guard to hand out 10,000 boxes of food.

"I'm incredibly proud of this team. I'm humbled by the generosity North Texans have shown the food bank," says North Texas Food Bank's Valerie Hawthorne. "But its sad. It's very sad, but we're glad to help."

"I think it's wonderful they keep doing this," said one man who had stopped for a box with his wife.

"We're all in this together," his wife said from the passenger seat while they waited in line.

At its first mobile pantry, the Texas National Guard and food bank ran out of boxes. They had 2,000 boxes that day. At a second mobile pantry in April, they had 6,500 boxes. Thursday, they brought 10,000 boxes of food: 5,000 boxes of produce and 5,000 boxes of non-perishable food. They were able to help every car that pulled in.

"No food bank, no food pantry will ever be able to meet the actual demand," Hawthorne says. "But we are getting the supplies and resources we need. Trucks started arriving Friday from the Texas Department of Emergency Management. We are grateful to be able to tap into those resources."

The non-profit that oversees Fair Park, Fair Park First, says previous mobile food pantries had led to traffic issues around the area. Thursday morning, traffic was directed through a different entrance, and cars lined up in a lot inside the complex.

"Fortunately or unfortunately, we've gotten quite good at this," says Fair Park First Executive Director Brian Luallen. "We specialize at bringing people together. For us, this is just another way of serving the community."

Luallen says the area of South Dallas around Fair Park has been hit particularly hard by job losses caused by COVID-19.