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Feeding America Grant provides 91,666 meals for Willacy County

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The Zamora family waits in the distribution line at a Summer Meals pick-up site in Raymondville, Texas.
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PHARR, TX- The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. has received a grant from Feeding America and Enterprise Rent-A-Car for the Rural Summer Feeding program. 

The funding provided enabled the Food Bank RGV to develop Summer Mealspartner pick-up sites in Willacy County for families struggling with food insecurity. Six sites were established at schools across Willacy County on Thursdays during the summer. Participating clients were then able to use a drive-thru model to pick up food from these sites. 

Through the program, 110,000 pounds of food were distributed to families in need, providing approximately 91,666 meals for Willacy County, which is primarily rural. In the Rio Grande Valley, 1 in 4 children go to be hungry and may not know where their next meal is coming from. In rural parts of the Valley, food insecurity among children is even higher, 1 in 2. 

For more information about the Food Bank RGV or to make a donation, please visit www.foodbankrgv.com or text ‘HelpRGV’ to 44-321. Please check the Food Bank RGV’s website and social media regularly for updates on distributions and events. The Food Bank RGV will continue to serve our neighbors in need, in the safest and most effective way possible, and is prepared for whatever comes next.

About the Food Bank RGV:

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. was incorporated in 1986 and has grown to be the largest charity in south Texas based on clients served.  In fiscal year 2019, over 40 million pounds of food and fresh produce were distributed to Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties and the Feeding America network of food banks.  Up to 146,000 people in the Valley experience food insecurity during normal, non-pandemic times.

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