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Local Food Bank Hosts Last Stadium Event

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Pallets loaded with boxes of food sit during a Mega Mobile Market hosted by the Tarrant Area Food Bank. | Image by Elias Valverde II

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The Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) will be hosting its 100th Herman Clark Mobile Event, which will be the last regularly scheduled event in the stadium parking lot for the foreseeable future.

The end of September, however, will see the return of monthly food distribution at Six Flags Over Texas, according to a release.

The final event before the location change will be held at the Herman Clark Memorial Stadium parking lot on Wednesday, September 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Mega Mobile Markets are designed to serve all residents of the Tarrant area who potentially need food assistance.

TAFB’s series of monthly food distribution events at Six Flags Over Texas will begin Tuesday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is presented by GM Financial. Volunteers from GM Financial will staff the event.

Going forward, the TAFB has stated that it will be relying on its “agency partners events” in order to distribute food for the community at large and organize food distributions that are easier to access in terms of proximity.

This includes weekly large-scale events such as the Harvesting in Mansfield Food Bank, which will next be held on September 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with Mansfield ISD, and ongoing Saturday events at the Met Church in North Fort Worth, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Inflation, supply chain issues, and spiking gas and transportation costs are all diminishing the purchasing power of both food banks and clients, according to TAFB.

The organization is doing its best to respond to the circumstances by pursuing a number of strategies, including calling upon government agencies for help, building up pathways for increased produce distribution, expanding relationships with grocer-donors, and ramping up fundraising efforts.

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