DALLAS — The North Texas Food Bank is hosting a holiday food distribution event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Fair Park.
"The Big Good" event is happening days before Thanksgiving.
“This is actually going to be our largest event in Food Bank history,” said Anna Kurian with the North Texas Food Bank.
"We're doing almost 1-million pounds of food in two days," said Mitchell Ward of MW Logistics.
Ward and Pastor T.L. Brown of New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dallas are among the organizers. They say, right now, they know the need for food is great.
"With the pandemic going on this year, so many people are laid off. So many people furloughed and losing their jobs. It's important that we close that food gap,” explained Pastor Brown.
Volunteers are preparing to pass out boxes of food to 8,500 families from the Fair Park site.
The food boxes will include shelf staple items like canned corn, apple sauce, tomato sauce, pasta, and rice. There will be bread, milk, and fresh produce. Turkey donations will also go to families while supplies last to help complete a holiday meal.
All food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas, 75210. The pick-up area for guests in vehicles will be in Lots 15 and 16.
Drivers should enter through Gate 2 only at the intersection of Parry Avenue and Haskell Avenue, Fair Park officials said. Dallas officers will be onsite to help with traffic flow.
Fair Park asks that people not start lining up until 8 a.m.
Participants must give their name, share their family size and meet income requirements to receive food. No proof is necessary.
Participants should place the completed form on the vehicle dashboard.
No walk-ups will be accommodated. If you do not have a vehicle or need other options for food assistance, go to ntfb.org/agencies.
Ward and Brown said The Big Good food distribution event will continue in Tarrant County at the AT&T Stadium on Nov. 20. They’ll be partnering with Tarrant County Food Bank for that event.