Longview Resource Center
The recent study Map the Meal Gap, conducted by the national food bank network Feeding America, revealed that nearly 17% of Gregg County residents, including 25% of children are food-insecure and at risk of hunger.
In 2021, the East Texas Food Bank launched a new four-year strategic plan aimed at expanding our programs, distributing more food, and serving more people than ever before.
One key initiative is the development of the Longview Resource Center, a new multi-service branch of the East Texas Food Bank located in the city of Longview, in the heart of three high-need census tract areas where nearly 3,600 residents live below the federal poverty line,. This is 31% of the total population in the area. The Longview Resource Center will be within walking distance of high-need neighborhoods where transportation is a challenge for many residents.
The Longview Resource Center will offer the following services and resources:
- Healthy Food Pantry – distribute nutritious food five days per week, serving approximately 160 client households per day through a “client choice” distribution model. The pantry will:
– Provide an estimated 3,333 meals per day, or about 866,580 meals over the course of a year.
– Serve as a model food pantry for other area partner food pantries.
– Be open during the evening and weekends, which will complement other area agencies’ current food distribution schedules, and will increase access to food assistance.
- Collaboration with the Rotary Club of Longview – distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to local residents once a month at the Gregg County Fairgrounds.
- Benefits Assistance Program – helps clients apply for SNAP and other social service benefits, including Medicaid, Texas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Medicare Savings Program, and Healthy Texas Women. We expect to help approximately 20 households apply for benefits each week.
- Access to additional wrap-around services – such as Texas Workforce Commission, WIC, Greater East Texas Community Action Program (GETCAP), health screenings, and other services provided through collaboration with local community organizations and healthcare partnerships with which ETFB works at other locations.
- Host site for the ETFB Agency Institute – provides training, resources and support to partner hunger relief agencies in various aspects of nonprofit management and effectiveness.