FRANKSTON, Texas (KETK) – The East Texas Food Bank will offer a new Mobile Pantry monthly with fresh produce and meat in Frankston on the second Tuesday of each month.

“We know there is a great need here, one in about every five East Texans area t risk of hunger right now. And so, we are trying to just reach some of these more rural areas to address the meal gap and the needs in these smaller communities.”

Tabitha Johnson-Mobile Pantry Manager of East Texas Food Bank

Mobile Pantry in Frankston begins on Sept. 13 at the United Methodist Church of Frankston located at 161 Weldon Street 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

“Anderson County has a great need for food assistance as 13.9% of the residents are food insecure or 8,060 people according to the latest data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank. “Studies show a direct link to good nutrition and health outcomes so the ability to offer more vegetables and fruits will greatly benefit the residents.”

“This is a program that the food bank staffs and manages. We work with local groups. We are working with several churches in the area. The Methodist Church is kind enough to host this, in this great parking lot that they have,” said Johnson

“It’s fantastic to see the community gather around but, Frankston community is like that they are very personal, and they love each other, and they love their community,” said Matt Thomas, Pastor of United Methodist Church of Frankston.

The drive-thru Mobile Pantry is open to anyone needing food and there are no ID requirements. To find out more information about the different programs in Anderson County, visit East Texas Food Bank website.

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