Resources in Tyler to get food or replenish spoiled food after power outages

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – In Smith County, many people were again without power on Thursday. There are resources in Tyler and Smith County that those affected can use.

Every day, including weekends, at 4:30 p.m. Tyler’s Salvation Army offers a take-out meal for anyone in need, according to Captain Jeremy Walker. (633 N. Broadway Ave Tyler, TX 75702)

“We also have a food pantry open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. where they can come up and pick up groceries to help replenish those fridges and foods that have gone bad,” Walker said.

Walker said it was important they were ready to respond when needed.

“The good Lord provides in this community and so that’s what we’re here to do is serve those in need. And the need feels like a lot of different things to a lot of different people,” he said.

The East Texas Food Bank has resources available throughout the month, ranging from food pantries to go to, mobile food drives, and more. CEO Dennis Cullinane said that in a limited disaster like this when the Red Cross is not in place, the food bank relies on partner agencies.

“Pantries have a lot of shelf-stable items they should be stocked with, and we’re monitoring them for any extra loads they get from people coming in for emergency food,” Cullinane said.

It’s still too early to tell the need for the storm, but “we expect more volume to come through these pantries and we’re ready to respond to that,” Cullinane said.

To find food pantries near you, visit the East Texas Food Bank website and click on the “Find Food” tab.

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