The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley now has $14,952 more to provide food assistance to families in the Rio Grande Valley, thanks to a grant from the Knapp Community Care Foundation. The need for Food Bank RGV’s services has seen an increase with health and financial issues coming with both COVID-19 and Hurricane Hanna.
With the funds, more than 75,000 meals will be available to underserved populations, according to Stuart Haniff, Food Bank RGV CEO.
“The Food Bank RGV wishes to thank the Knapp Community Care Foundation for their generous contribution to improve the health, wellness and nutrition of our most vulnerable in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Haniff.
The demand for Food Bank RGV’s weekly Drive-Thru Emergency Pantry distributions has grown by nine times since March 1. The food bank previously served an average of 753 clients a week, but now provides assistance to as many as 7,383 clients per week through DTEPs. These distributions are open to residents from all cities. The Food Bank RGV also continues to reinforce and support their partner agencies. Across the network, up to 141,381 clients are now being served weekly, up from 64,000 people a week, prior to March 1.