STASIUN KULIAH, Tex. (KBTX) – The huge food distribution trip brought hundreds of people to the Veterans Park and Athletics Complex at College Station on Friday.
Brazos Valley Food Bank leaders say people from all walks of life need a little extra help during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this special event, BVFB reported that more than 700 households were served.
Before the event began at 11 am, a series of vehicles snaking around the Veterans Park to University Drive. College Station police said they counted 281 vehicles waiting to be serviced.
Texas National Guard members work hand in hand with volunteers from College Station P.D. and city park and recreation staff, as well as with food bank staff.
Residents who were queuing told KBTX that they were very appreciative.
Barbara Johnson from Bryan is one of the recipients. He said he had fewer jobs as domestic workers like quarantine people and adjusted to life during the pandemic.
“I think it’s an amazing thing that they really came out and helped the community because many of us are working now [are] really through a lot of things, “Johnson said.” Trying to stay afloat, so this really helps the community.
Brittany Fenner from College Station took her family over the line Friday afternoon. It took them almost two hours to complete the process, but they said, it was worth the wait.
“That means a lot,” said Fenner, mother of three children. “I have an elderly father, and he can’t go out alone to do something like this. And for all those who are selfless at a time like this, that means a lot to society, it really happens.”
City leaders are proud to see this effort, although they say they will always prefer to do more.
“All 586 vehicles came in total and there might be more, but of course there are limits on how many can be put together,” said Station Mayor Karl Mooney. “It just shows that this is a difficult time out there for many people. We talk about its effects; food cuts to the core, and if you don’t have food, I mean, what do you have?”
“Food is just one thing people don’t need to worry about. We have it. We want to give it to you, it is available,” said Theresa Mangapora, Executive Director of Brazos Valley Food Bank. “People just don’t talk about not eating. That’s not a comfortable topic,” he said.
The next Brazos Valley Food Bank event will be held on Wednesday at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham from 11:00 to 14:00.
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