Harvest Texarkana to Hold Largest One Day Food Distribution Event Ever on May 13

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Harvest Texarkana will be conducting the largest ever one-day distribution event on Wednesday, May 13 at the Four States Fairgrounds Entertainment Arena. The agency will be distributing 1,000 emergency food boxes to area residents.

Media Release:

Texarkana, USA, May 8, 2020 – Harvest Regional Food Bank will be distributing 1,000 emergency food boxes to Texarkana-area residents on Wednesday, May 13 beginning at 8:00am at Four States Fair Arena, 3700 E 50th St, Texarkana, AR. Distribution will last until 12:00pm or until all boxes have been distributed. Recipients are directed to enter from the 50th St Entrance at Hwy 245/Four States Fair Pkwy in front of Bobby Ferguson Park (by the gazebo). Distribution is limited to one box per household and 2 households per vehicle.

“With the recent rise in hunger, it’s more important than ever that Harvest meet the needs of our food-
insecure families where they are,” says Camille Coker Wrinkle, CEO/Executive Director. “This is by far the largest one-day distribution we’ve ever hosted, but our goal is to continue making sure families have the food they need, even during this challenging time.”

With CDC precautions and recommendations against the Coronavirus still in place, Harvest is taking every measure to ensure the safety of its staff, volunteers and recipients. Mobile pantries our now operating as “drive-thru” distributions, with food boxes being loaded directly into vehicles. Recipients will not be allowed to exit the vehicle or park to pick up food.

Last year, Harvest distributed 3.2M meals and served over 60,000 individuals in Southwest Arkansas and
Northeast Texas. Both states consistently rank in the top 10 for the highest incidents of hunger. Nearly 20% of
our local residents miss meals due to food insecurity, including 1 in 4 children. Harvest works to eliminate
hunger through its Food Banking, Food Rescue, School Backpack and Mobile Pantry programs.

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