India Association Provides 42,000 Meals

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India Association Provides 42,000 Meals

Hari Namboodiri and Dr. Shima Choudhary, president and secretary of the India Association of Rio Grande Valley, present a check to Food Bank CEO Stuart Haniff. Joining them are India Association board members Sreekanth Nangavaram and KV Kanneganti.
Hari Namboodiri and Dr. Shima Choudhary, president and secretary of the India Association of Rio Grande Valley, present a check to Food Bank CEO Stuart Haniff. Joining them are India Association board members Sreekanth Nangavaram and KV Kanneganti.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley has received a donation of $8,400 from the India Association of the Rio Grande Valley. The India Association launched their “Stop Hunger” campaign in June and then extended it through July. Their goal is to provide as many meals possible to families in need amid the global pandemic.

“India Association of RGV is always at the forefront of helping humanity. We are thrilled to partner with the Food Bank RGV in their effort to stop hunger. We will continue our endeavors to be a humble part of the socio-economic and cultural development of the RGV,” said Hair Namboodiri, president of the IARGV.

The IARGV’s gift to the Food Bank RGV’s “Resource Readiness and Response” campaign will provide up to 42,000 meals. Benefiting from the campaign are residents from across Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties. The Food Bank has seen its number of people served throughout its network more than double. They now reach 127,308 people every week.

Families Relying on Donations

Donations enable the food bank to continue to respond to the rapid and growing needs of the community. It provides immediate support while reinforcing its network of 275 partner agencies and through its own on-site Drive-Thru Emergency Pantry. The DTEP distribution takes place on Wednesdays from 7-10 a.m. or until capacity at the Food Bank RGV, 724 North Cage Blvd.

There is a limit of two families (two people) per car to receive assistance. ID and proof of address are requirements. 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 DTEP distribution, contact Philip Farias, manager of Corporate Engagement and Special events, at 956-904-4513 or pfarias@foodbankrgv.com. Online donations may also be made at foodbankrgv.com.

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