2017-10-11 / News

First Lyford food distribution a success

By ALLEN ESSEX


A LONG LINE OF FAMILY cars forms to pick up free fruit and vegetables being passed out for the first time in Lyford. 
(Photo by Allen Essex) A LONG LINE OF FAMILY cars forms to pick up free fruit and vegetables being passed out for the first time in Lyford. (Photo by Allen Essex) Fruits and vegetables were distributed to over 1,000 people Thursday in Lyford during the first-ever distribution to the public by the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Children’s Defense Fund and Lyford city officials.

Mary Carreon, of the Childrens’ Defense Fund, said 255 families, including 648 adults, 359 children queued up to take home 12,791 pounds of food, all fruits and vegetables.

As food was handed out at the city park, applications were also taken for programs such as CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Also, assistance was provided in filling out applications for Childrens’ Medicaid.

Although it was the first such program for Lyford, the Childrens’ Defense Fund and Food Bank of the RGV already have such programs in San Perlita, Lasara and Raymondville, Carreon said.

Another food distribution is being planned for Lyford but a date has not yet been set.

For more information on the food distribution, or applications for the other programs, call Carreon at 956- 563-9913.

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