Doctor Provides 20,000 Meals to Food Bank

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Doctor Provides 20,000 Meals to Food Bank

Dr. Murthy Badiga and Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley CEO Stuart Haniff
Dr. Murthy Badiga and Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley CEO Stuart Haniff

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley recently received a generous donation from DHR gastroenterologist Dr. Murthy Badiga to support the food bank’s on-going ‘Resource Readiness and Response’ Campaign. Badiga’s personal donation of $4,000 will provide up to 20,000 meals for those in need in the Rio Grande Valley.

“The Food Bank RGV is a great organization doing an awesome job of helping those in need with life sustaining nutrition. There’s no greater mission or higher goal than fighting hunger and feeding the community — especially during these uncertain times,” said Badiga

The Food Bank RGV launched its Resource Readiness and Response Campaign in late February to prepare for impacts of COVID-19. The Food Bank RGV, through its entire network, serves 127,308 people every week.

Expanding Services Via Drive-Thru

Donations enable the food bank to continue to respond to the rapid growing needs of the community. Through its network of 275 partner agencies with food, they continue to serve the community via its on-site Drive-Thru Emergency Pantry. DTEP distribution is Wednesdays from 7-10 a.m. or until Food Bank RGV reaches capacity. The Food Bank RGV is located at 724 N. Cage Blvd. in Pharr.

There is a limit of two families (two 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 is open to all in need of food assistance and is first come, first served.

To sponsor a Drive-Thru Emergency Pantry distribution, contact Philip Farias, manager of Corporate Engagement and Special events, at 956-904-4513 or by email at pfarias@foodbankrgv.com.

Online donations may be made at any time at foodbankrgv.com.

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