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Food Bank RGV to Host its 3rd Mass Drive-Thru Emergency Pantry (DTEP) at Bert Ogden Arena

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Edinburg, TX  – The Food Bank RGV will be holding a MASS Drive-Thru Emergency Pantry (DTEP) at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 7:00am – 11:00am, or until capacity is reached. This large scale event will enable the Food Bank RGV to distribute up to 5x more food than the normal weekly onsite food bank DTEP and help support and stabilize families impacted by the recent drastic winter storm.

The MASS DTEP will follow the Food Bank RGV’s drive-thru mobile model, with little or no contact. Staff, volunteers, city staff, and members of the Texas Army National Guard will assist with the distribution of food. Produce and shelf-stable bags of food will be placed into the vehicle trunks of attendees.

This one-day only, MASS Drive-Thru Emergency Pantry (DTEP) replaces the Food Bank RGV’s regularly scheduled DTEP for this week only.

Anyone in need of assistance, from any city,  may attend the distribution. There will be a limit of 2 families (2 people) per car to receive assistance. ID and proof of address are required. All vehicle occupants must wear face coverings and car trunks must be empty. Distribution will be first come, first served. Please follow the flow of traffic and direction from police officers and use the entrance accessible through Alberta Rd. No overnight parking will be allowed, clients may arrive at 7am as per city.

When:  February 24, 2021| 7am – 11am or while supplies last

Where: Bert Ogden Arena| 4900 S, I-69C, Edinburg, TX  (Please see attached)

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Opportunities: Video and photos of overall distribution. Interviews with CEO regarding distribution. Reporters and photographers:

Other: Please check-in with Rosie Martinez before filming or taking photographs. There will be a ‘Media’ Center under the VIPERS sign to check-in.  Please email: rosiemartinez@foodbankrgv.com for parking pass, to schedule interview, or more information.

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