| Amarillo Globe-News
In the first half hour of the United States Department of Agriculture’s food distribution to Families in the Dick Bivins Stadium parking lot, volunteers from across the community served more than 100 vehicles from food insecure individuals in the region during COVID. 19 pandemic.
Lasting until morning, the goal of Saturday’s distribution was to distribute boxes worth nine 18-wheeled trucks, consisting of items such as milk, potatoes, sour cream, chicken and cheese.
Authorities said at the end of the distribution that just over 11,000 boxes of food would be distributed.
Volunteers from community partners included rescuers from the area, city officials, churches, community members and representatives from organizations such as the Amarillo Area Black Chamber of Commerce and the High Plains Food Bank. They helped to place the boxes of food in the open suitcases of the cars passing through the parking lot.
Saturday’s distribution was the third food distribution for Farmers to Families, which took place on the Texas Panhandle. Daniel Prescott Jr. is president and founder of Services of Hope, a Dallas-based nonprofit that organizes these events across the state. He said that this event has grown every time they come to Amarillo.
“Today, we brought in nine 18-wheeler trucks with just over 11,000 boxes of food,” he said. “In event number two, we brought six 18-wheel vehicles and about 8,000 (boxes), and in event number one, we brought four (18-wheel vehicles) and 6,000.”
Services of Hope provides this service to 155 counties in the state of Texas, including Port Arthur, Collin County and Sherman. Prescott said this proves how this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic does not discriminate.
“This pandemic does not judge by class, culture, race, political party. It affects everyone. So, what we want to do is impact everyone, ”he said. “(The overall objective) is to provide a healthy and nutritious meal for all people with food insecurity and those affected by COVID-19.”
It meant a lot to Prescott to see the response from the volunteers who participated in Saturday’s distribution. Prescott said it shows how Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle are focused on the unit.
“See what you see now: young, old, black, white, Hispanic, rich, poor. Everyone working together, ”said Prescott. “You have the Amarillo Police Department. You have the county sheriff. You have the cops here. You have the High Plains Food Bank here. We are using the stadium complex of the (Independent School District of Amarillo). What does that look like to you? This is what everyone wanted & mldr; to serve this community. “
Alphonso Vaughn, Potter County Commissioner for Police Station 4, said the participation proves that people are still being affected by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The need is tremendous,” said Vaughn. “We are not yet out of danger as far as this pandemic is concerned. There are several people who are still hungry and several people & mldr; who are homeless, some are without food, food. This provides balanced nutrition for so many people who continue to be a part of this process. ”
Prescott said there are plans to distribute holiday boxes in Amarillo in late November or early December. Prescott encouraged individuals to contact Potter County Commissioners, as well as other authorities participating in the distribution, if they want to volunteer in the future.