East Texas Food Bank To Open Resource Center

In East Texas, the battle against hunger and the quest to ignite hope are central to the mission of the East Texas Food Bank. Now, their efforts are expanding with the inauguration of a new resource hub in Texarkana.
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In East Texas, the battle against hunger and the quest to ignite hope are central to the mission of the East Texas Food Bank. Now, their efforts are expanding with the inauguration of a new resource hub in Texarkana.

Nestled at 3019 S. Lake Drive, the Texarkana Resource Center marks the agency’s fourth endeavor of its kind. After a meticulous four-year journey of planning and construction, this comprehensive facility is primed to cater to the needs of the Texarkana community.

This one-stop destination is strategically divided into two wings: one stocked with wholesome foods and fresh produce, while the other brims with an array of community services aimed at empowering families towards self-sufficiency. Partner agencies will host an assortment of workshops, from culinary classes to vital healthcare, housing, and mental health services.

Strategically situated amidst low-income neighborhoods, where approximately 9,000 individuals reside below the federal poverty line, the center addresses a pressing need. Stark statistics reveal that nearly 14% of Bowie County residents, with a staggering 21% being children, grapple with food insecurity.

“We’re anticipating providing one million meals annually to residents of Bowie County and extending assistance to about 300 families each week. This is an exciting prospect for us. Additionally, we’re opening our doors to other non-profits, inviting them to share their resources in aiding families in distress,” remarked David Emerson, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank.

Come May 14th, the Texarkana Resource Center will officially welcome the public. Operating on several days each week, including evenings and weekends, it aims to ensure accessibility to all in need.

The East Texas Food Bank, headquartered in Tyler, extends its services across 26 counties, stretching from Texarkana to Lufkin.

For further insights into the Texarkana Resource Center, visit txkrcpantry.org.