East Texas Food Bank partners with DoorDash to distribute meals to seniors

Longview, TX-The East Texas Food Bank is partnering with DoorDash’s Project Dash to power the delivery of meals to Longview residents who are enrolled in the Senior Box Program.

By partnering with Project DASH, Dashers deliver boxes from one of the food banks’ member agencies so seniors with limited transportation options can receive the meals they need. The Longview Dream Center (LDC) is ETFB’s first pilot site for this service. LDC provides boxes to over 300 seniors each month.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this free service to the seniors we serve in Longview,” said Shonna Barlow, executive director of the Longview Dream Center. “Some of our seniors don’t drive or have to rely on others for transportation or are home- bound, so this is a wonderful service from DoorDash that will help us deliver food to our older population who struggles with food insecurity.”

“The East Texas Food Bank Senior Box Program provides boxes of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors, many who live in isolated, rural communities,” said Tim Butler, ETFB Chief Impact Officer. “Approximately 6,600 seniors receive a box monthly at sites throughout our 26 county service area. We are so grateful for Project DASH’s commitment to helping seniors with hunger relief.”

“We are honored to partner with the East Texas Food Bank to broaden food access in Longview,” said Kelly Jones, DoorDash Drive Director of Government and Nonprofit. “Local delivery has been critical in supporting food banks and food pantries provision of food and other essentials while emphasizing convenience and dignity. We’re excited to continue growing this work in a sustainable way for our partners across the country to continue to meet the ongoing need.”

Project Dash will expand to other locations the ETFB serves with Texarkana launching in a few weeks and other markets in the coming months. Since Project DASH was launched in 2018, it has powered over 2 million deliveries of an estimated more than 35 million meals in the U.S. and Canada.

To qualify for senior boxes applicant must be 60 years of age or older. There is also an income and residency requirement. Click here for more information about the Senior Box Program.