DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There will be much-needed relief for people struggling to feed their families today at Fair Park.
The North Texas Food Bank and partner agencies are giving away boxes of food.READ MORE: Jake Ellzey Defeats Susan Wright In Runoff Special Election For Texas' 6th Congressional District Seat
The first two distributions at the park, since the beginning of the pandemic, brought out thousands of people. By 5:00 a.m. Thursday, four hours ahead of the start of the event, the line was forming again.
By the time the gates opened and distributions began lines were more than a mile long.
Each family receives a box filled with dry goods, produce, gallons of milk, and snacks – a week’s worth of food for a family of three.READ MORE: 2 People Killed In Chemical Incident At Plant Near Houston
Distribution began at 9:00 a.m. and runs until noon, or when the supplies have all been given away.
Organizers are asking people to be patient, knowing many are in desperate need of food and that about half of the food bank’s clients right now have never sought help from the agency.
Dallas police are on hand to assist with traffic control and the Texas National Guard is assisting with loading the boxes into vehicles, to ensure social distancing.
“At our last distribution we distributed more than 130,000 meals to well over 2,000 households and we expect this one to be just as large as that,” said Brian Luallen, the executive director of Fair Park First. “Certainly this crisis, this pandemic has been impacting a lot of families and we’re just happy to help where we can.”MORE NEWS: Teen Dies In High-Speed Crash In Carrollton
The distribution is drive up only; those in need who do not have a car can use the “find food” tool on the North Texas Food Bank website to find additional resources.