Long lines form as SWAR food bank hands out hundreds of boxes


TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – Hundreds of families received free boxes of food at the Four States Fair Grounds Tuesday morning as many struggle to make ends meet amid the economic impact of the coronavirus.

The gates were not set to open until 8 a.m., but cars and trucks started lining up at 6 a.m. Harvest Regional Food Bank organizers said there were 3,000 boxes of food, including fresh vegetables, pantry items, and frozen meats for distribution.

Food bank organizers said monetary donations are welcome because they can stretch a dollar to provide almost six meals for families. “The need has really increased. In fact, our distribution, the food that we give out, has grown over 100% since this time last year … our number of mobile pantries has actually doubled. We’ve gone from doing one or two a month to doing one every single week, and then this week we actually have two,” said Harvest Regional Food Bank Executive Director Camille Wrinkle.

A smaller mobile pantry is scheduled to be held in New Boston, Texas, on Wednesday morning, September 30, starting at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion downtown.

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